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1809 in History

January 5 Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain and the Ottoman Empire.
January 16 The French are defeated by the British at the Battle of Corunna.
February 8 Franz Joseph I of Austria declares war on France.
February 11 The steamboat is officially patented by Robert Fulton.
February 20 The Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state in America.
March 4 James Madison succeeds Thomas Jefferson to become the 4th President of the United States.
April 20 Napoleon Bonaparte is victorious in the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.
May 17 Napoleon Bonaparte orders the annexation of the Papal States to become included in the French Empire.
June 6 Sweden declares their independence and a new Constitution is promulgated.
July 28 A French force is defeated by British, Spanish and Portugesse armies in the Battle of Talavera.
August 10 Ecquador declare their independence from Spain.
September 18 The renewed theathre, the Royal Opera House in London opens.
November 19 The French defeat and kill a Spanish army consisting of 20,000 soldiers at the Battle of Ocana.
December 15 Josephine receives a letter of divorce from Napoleon Bonaparte.

Births in 1809 Deaths in 1809
Abraham Lincoln February 12
Charles Darwin February 12
Edgar Allan Poe January 19
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. August 29
Tryon Edwards -
Thomas Paine June 8

Quotes in 1809

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The fate of the architect is the strangest of all. How often he expends his whole soul, his whole heart and passion, to produce buildings into which he himself may never enter.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

Everything perfect in its kind has to transcend its own kind, it must become something different and incomparable. In some notes the nightingale is still a bird; then it rises above its class and seems to suggest to every winged creature what singing is truly like.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

Someone criticized an elderly man for wooing young women. He replied that that was the only way to rejuvenation, which was, after all, everybody's wish.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

We don't get to know people when they come to us; we have to go to them so as to learn what they are like.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

Certain faults are necessary for the existence of the individual. We would resent it if old friends were to get rid of certain peculiarities.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Elective Affinities, 1809)

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