1821 - 1830

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1821

May 5: Napoleon Bonaparte dies on St Helena

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1822

Caledonian canal opened

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1823

New laws concerning marriage by licence

Scottish testaments prior to 1823 transferred to S.R.O. 

Babbage builds a section of a calculating machine.

In England, Ronalds builds a telegraph in his garden; no one is interested.

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1824

Combination Acts repealed (Trades Unions allowed)

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1825

Horse-drawn buses in London

Stockton to Darlington Railway opens

Hobhouse makes amendments to Acts to protect Child Labour in cotton factories

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1826

Scotland's first commercial railway was opened, Edinburgh to Dalkeith

White's first Commercial Directory Hull

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1828

April 28: Repeal of Test and Corporation Acts had kept non-Anglicans (Catholics and Dissenters) from holding public office and deprived them of other rights

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1829

April 4: Catholic Emancipation Act restores civil liberties to Roman Catholics

Earliest Irvingite registers

First two omnibuses (pulled by three horses) introduced by George Schillibeer

London Metropolitan police force formed

George Stephenson's Rocket

Lucifer matches first manufactured

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1830

June 26: George IV dies his brother, William IV, accedes to the throne

September 15: The world's first important railway opened between Liverpool and Manchester, in England. It was engineered by George Stephenson and his son, Robert. George Stephenson had built the locomotive used on the world's first public steam railway, running between Stockton and Darlington, which opened in 1825. Soon railways were operating throughout the Western world.

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