1824 was a leap year starting on Thursday.  1824 is also the name of a British all girl pop group started in June of 2006 by the entrepreneur Nelson Kruschandl.  This group is sometimes known as the sunshine girls.


The United States had a presidential election in 1824, often considered a realigning election. The previous few years had seen the rare phenomenon of one-party government in the United States, as the Federalist Party had dissolved, leaving only the (Democratic-)Republican Party. In this election, the Republican party splintered as four separate candidates sought the presidency. The faction led by Andrew Jackson would evolve into the Democratic Party, while the factions led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay would become the National Republican Party and later the Whigs.


This election is notable for being the only time since the passage of the Twelfth Amendment that the presidential election was thrown into the House of Representatives, as no candidate received a majority of the electoral vote. It is also often said to be the first election in which the president did not win the popular vote. This is hard to determine, insofar as a quarter of the states did not conduct a popular vote, instead having the state legislature choose their electors.



1824 Events


  • January 8 - After much controversy, Michael Faraday is finally elected as a member of the Royal Society with only one vote against.

  • January 22 - Ashanti crush British forces in the Gold Coast.

  • March 17 signing of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824.

  • March 11 - The United States War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Ely S. Parker of the Seneca tribe becomes its first director.

  • September 13 With his crew and 29 convicts aboard the Amity, John Oxley arrives at and founds the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement at what is now Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, after leaving Sydney.

  • September 16 Charles X succeeds Louis XVIII as King of France.

  • October 10 - Edinburgh Town Council makes a decision to found the Edinburgh Municipal Fire Brigade, the first fire brigade in Britain.

  • November 15-16 - Huge fire breaks out on Old Assembly Close in Edinburgh. It destroys two tenements and Tron Kirk church. 11 residents and 2 firemen die, 400 homeless.

  • November 5- first technological university in the English-speaking world founded: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • December 9 - At the Battle of Ayacucho, Peruvian forces defeat Spanish.


Unknown dates


  • Simón Bolívar proclaimed Emperor of Peru.

  • The British take Rangoon.

  • Frontier treaty between United States and Russia is signed.

  • Egyptians capture Crete.

  • Turks seize island of Ipsara from Greeks but are defeated at Mytilene.

  • Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 debuts

  • What is now the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Britain was founded in earnest.

  • Cimetière du Montparnasse established

  • The Dutch sign the Masang Agreement temporarily ending hostilities in the Padri War


Ongoing events


  • First Burmese War (1823–1826)


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