Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1824
January 8 - Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (d. 1861) January 8 - Wilkie Collins, British novelist (d. 1889) January 15 - Marie Duplessis, French courtesan (d. 1847) January 21 - Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, American February 28 - Blondin, French tightrope walker (d. 1897) March 2 - Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (d. 1884) March 15 - Jules Chevalier, French priest (d. 1907) March 19 - William Allingham, Irish author (d. 1889) June 23 - Carl Reinecke, German musician and composer (d. 1910) July 27 - Alexandre Dumas, fils August 8 - Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse), Tsarina of Russia (d. 1880) September 4 - Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (d. 1896) September 8 - Jaime Nunó, Spanish composer (d. 1908) September 28 - Francis Turner Palgrave, British critic and poet (d. 1897) October 5 - Henry Chadwick, English-born American baseball writer and statistician (d. 1908) December 10 - George MacDonald, Scottish writer and preacher (d. 1905)
February 21 - Eugène de Beauharnais, son of Napoleon's wife April 19 - George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron May 4 - Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754) May 26 - Capel Lofft, English writer (b. 1751) June 16 - Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance June 21 - Étienne Aignan, French writer (b. 1773) December 25 - Barbara Juliana, Baroness von Krüdener
January 22 - Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast. March 4 - The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858. March 5 - First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma. March 11 - The United States War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs. May 7 - World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. The performance is conducted by Michael Umlauf under the deaf composer's supervision. May 10 - The National Gallery in London opens to the public. June 21 - Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea. July 25 - Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua. August 4 - Battle of Kos is fought between Turks and Greeks. August 15 - Freed American slaves found Liberia. October 4 - Mexico adopts a new constitution and becomes a federal republic. October 9 - Slavery is abolished in Costa Rica. October 21 - Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement. November 30 - First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal. December 1 - U.S. presidential election, 1824: Since no candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task to decide the winner (as stipulated by the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution). December 9 - Patriot forces led by General Antonio José de Sucre defeat a Royalist army in the Battle of Ayacucho, putting an end to the Peruvian War of Independence.