Here are some one liners...
Policing by Consent: The British Bobbie -- Sir Robert Peel's principles of policing are implemented. We get Scotland Yard, British bobbies and I talk about the bombing of a sniper in Dallas, Texas.
The Smithsonian Institution and "Feel Good" Boondoggles -- A chemist makes a very large contribution for science so Congress battles over using the money for pet projects.
Greece is Now a Nation -- It is all over but the shouting. The "shouting" will be the treaty. It will take a couple of years.
In Other News -- Rocket locomotive, photography, and the accordion.
Policing by Consent: The British BobbieAfter the UK's recent prison reforms, it seems reasonable to reform the police force... except that there is no police force as we would think of it in the modern day. The so-called "police" look more like a military force ready to shoot first and ask questions later. That is why Sir Robert Peel has passed into law his Peelian Principles for a modern police force. He has established the Metropolitan Police Service or "Scotland Yard" as it is called because the rear entrance to the building opens onto a street of the same name. Peel's Principles boil down to this: A policeman is a member of his community paid to give service to his community with impartiality, mindful that he doesn't make the law, nor dispense justice, but with a minimum of force, he brings criminals to a court of law to FACE justice. He prefers to prevent a crime now, rather than catch a criminal later, and with common-sense laws, a policeman can gain the trust and cooperation of his community. The test of policeman doing his job well is that crime is at a minimum, and he doesn't seem to be doing very much at all.   
The Smithsonian Institution and "Feel Good" BoondogglesAn English chemist named James Smithson dies and for reasons unknown, he bequeaths $500,000 (a little over 13 million in modern dollars) to the United States government for the construction of the Smithsonian Institution to further scientific inquiry. The Congress is delighted and wrestles to gain control of the money for their pet projects, but the sacks of gold sovereigns won't be sailing to America any time soon. Smithson has a nephew. By stipulation of the will, Smithson's nephew is going to have to die before the Congress gets the money. (I hope he has a good bodyguard.) The nephew won't pass away until 1835. In the meantime, John Quincy Adams (the former President who lost to President Andrew Jackson) will run for Congress and win. He will set the Smithsonian Institute money aside as an endowment and use the interest to maintain the Institution long-term. In fact, he had proposed such a project in his 1825 Presidential address and was ridiculed for his "lighthouses of the skies" proposal to build an astronomical observatory among other things. Once Adams gets into Congress he is going to make science happen. In fact, John Quincy Adams is going to be a lot more effective as a Congressman than he ever was as President... especially when it comes to fighting slavery.    
Greece is Now a NationI can't let this year go by without saying that Greece essentially won it's independence from the Ottoman Empire and the Egyptians this year. They had been fighting for a long time and they had a lot of help from other nations. It's all over but the shouting now. The "shouting" will include hammering out a final treaty in the next couple of years. Borders across the world are changing. New countries are coming into being. If I mentioned them all I'd be talking about nothing else. The modern world is taking shape. 
In Other News
- The photographic camera is in development. The invention won't sell well, so France will buy the patent and give away the technology for free. Thank you France!