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1809 was a year, according to the Judeo-Christian calender that conservatives have used for the past 2000 years or so. ( Using the BCE system improves this.) The main reason this year is notable is because it held the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, two outstandingly great minds in history. There were also a bunch of wars, political events and natural disasters.

Also, in an effort to keep undesirables out of private social functions, the wearing of masks was banned at balls in Boston, Massachusetts on December 30th.