May 5: Napoleon Bonaparte dies on St Helena
Caledonian canal opened
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.
Combination Acts repealed (Trades Unions allowed)
Horse-drawn buses in London
Stockton to Darlington Railway opens
Hobhouse makes amendments to Acts to protect Child Labour in cotton
Scotland's first commercial railway was opened, Edinburgh to Dalkeith
White's first Commercial Directory – Hull
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
April 4: Catholic Emancipation Act restores civil liberties to Roman
Earliest Irvingite registers
First two omnibuses (pulled by three horses) introduced by George
London Metropolitan police force formed
George Stephenson's Rocket
Lucifer matches first manufactured
June 26: George IV dies – his brother, William IV, accedes to the
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.