1801 – 1810: Computing, Invention & Culture

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth. – Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Giuseppe Piazzi discovers an asteroid he names Ceres that orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Today, Ceres is called a dwarf planet.
  • Joseph-Marie Jacquard developed the Jacquard loom, an automatic loom controlled the weaving process with punched cards is a significant step forward in automated manufacturing and computer control.

Jacquard loom showing punch cards that controlled the weaving process. [Public Domain]

  • In 1809, the crude telegraph was invented in Bavaria by Samuel Soemmering.
  • Mary Kies is the first woman to be issued a US patent. She was granted a patent for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread to make bonnets.

Top Pop Song: 1801 – 1810

Fur Elise by Beethoven was the number one song in 1810 and the 22nd most popular song of the 19th century. [Public Domain]

Fine Art: 1801 – 1810

The Abbey in the Oakwood an oil painting by Caspar David Friedrich. It was painted between 1809 and 1810 in Dresden, Germany [Public Domain].

1800 – Computing, Invention & Culture

In the early 19th century, they tried selling soap as healthy. No one bought it. They tried selling it as sexy, and everyone bought it. – Rose George

1800 Facts:

  • The most popular song in the US in 1800 was Amazing Grace.
  • Anyone in England who unsuccessfully attempted suicide faced the death penalty.

March 12, 1800

  • Kentucky Gazettt article. Note the three T’s.

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March 20, 1800

  • Italian inventor Alessandro Volta creates the voltaic pile an early form of battery that uses a chemical reaction to continuously produce low-voltage current. Experiments with electricity were greatly expanded by this invention.

April 2, 1800

  • Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 premieres at the Burgtheater, in Vienna.

April 10, 1800

  • Kentucky Gazette article:
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April 24, 1800

  • President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use” in The Library of Congress founded in Washington DC.
June 26, 1800
  • The article, “Electricity excited by the Mere Contact of conducting Sub-stances of different kinds” is published by the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.


Nov 1, 1800

  • John Adams becomes the first president to live in the White House.

Fine Art 1800

Portrait of Madame Récamier is an 1800 portrait of the Parisian socialite Juliette Récamier by Jacques-Louis David [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]
La Maja Desnuda, by Francisco Goya [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]

Sir Henry Raeburn was a British portrait painter and Scotland’s first significant portrait painter since the Union to remain based in Scotland. He served as Portrait Painter to King George IV in Scotland. [Public Domain [PD-OLD-100]