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|( 1820s: ) 1824|
British naval force enter the harbour of Yangon (Rangoon)
- January 8 – After much controversy, Michael Faraday is finally elected as a member of the Royal Society, with only one vote against him.
- January 22 – The Ashanti crush British forces in the Gold Coast, killing the British governor Sir Charles MacCarthy
- January 24 – The first issue of the radical quarterly founded by Jeremy Bentham, The Westminster Review, is published in London.
- February 10 – Simón Bolívar is proclaimed dictator of Peru.
- February 21 – The Chumash Revolt of 1824 begins against the Spanish presence in California.
- March 5 – The First Anglo-Burmese War begins.
- March 9 – Netherlands Trading Society (Netherlandsche Handel-Maatschappij), a predecessor for ABN AMRO, Dutch firm Financial group, founded
- March 11 – The United States War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- March 17 – The Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 is signed.
- May 24 – First Anglo-Burmese War: The British take Rangoon, Burma.
- October 21 – Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
- The Egyptians capture Crete.
- The Montparnasse Cemetery is established in Paris, France.
- The Dutch sign the Masang Agreement, temporarily ending hostilities in the Padri War.
- The name Australia, recommended by Matthew Flinders in 1804, is finally adopted as the official name of the country once known as New Holland.
- The Panoramagram is invented as the first stereoscopic viewer.
- The Fort Vancouver trading post is established on the lower Columbia River by the Hudson's Bay Company.
- The Colorado potato beetle is first described, by Thomas Say.
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