1836 in History
January 5 Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
January 12 Battle of Wetumka, Florida
January 12 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Sydney, Australia
February 3 Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany New York)
February 6 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Diemen's Land, also known as Tasmania, Australia
February 7 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens
February 17 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave Tasmania
February 22 Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea
February 23 Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
February 24 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
February 25 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
February 29 Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
March 2 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
March 5 Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model
March 6 3,000 Mexicans beat 182 Texans at the Alamo, after 13 day fight
March 6 HMS Beagle/Darwin reaches King George's Sound, Australia
March 6 Mexico attacks Alamo in the early morning
March 14 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin leaves Australia
March 16 Texas approves a constitution
March 17 Texas abolishes slavery
March 23 Coin Press invented by Franklin Beale
March 27 1st Mormon temple dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio
April 1 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands
April 14 Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin
April 19 Nikolai Gogol's "Revisor," premieres in St. Petersburg
April 20 Territory of Wisconsin created
April 21 Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico
May 9 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius
May 15 Francis Baily observes "Baily's Beads" during annular solar eclipse
May 22 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium "St. Paul," premieres in Dusseldorf
May 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Simons Bay, Cape of Good Hope
June 1 Charles Darwin returns to Capetown
June 15 Arkansas becomes 25th state
June 16 London Working Men's Association forms
July 4 Wisconsin Territory forms
July 8 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reach Saint-Helena
July 13 U.S. patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
July 19 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reache Ascension
July 20 Charles Darwin climbs Green Hill on Ascension
July 21 1st Canadian RR opens, between Laprairie and St. John, Quebec
July 27 Adelaide, South Australia founded
July 30 1st English newspaper published in Hawaii
August 1 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin return to Bahia, Brazil
August 17 British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death
August 17 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave South-America for last time
August 19 HMS Beagle anchors at Angra Azores
August 31 HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
September 1 Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
September 5 Sam Houston elected president of Republic of Texas
September 25 HMS Beagle anchors at St. Michael
October 2 Darwin returns to England aboard HMS Beagle (after 5 years)
October 12 18" of snow falls in Bridgewater, New York
October 22 Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of Republic of Texas
October 24 A. Phillips patents match
November 10 Louis Napoleon banished to America
November 11 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru
December 4 Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
December 7 Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
December 15 Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
December 27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
December 28 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
December 30 Lehman-theater in St. Petersburg catches fire; 100s die