Events in year of 1802

  • 01-25Napoleon elected President of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic
  • 01-26Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • 01-29John Beckley of Virginia appointed 1st Librarian of Congress
  • 02-021st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • 02-08Simon Willard patents banjo clock
  • 03-16Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
  • 03-16US army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
  • 03-25France, Netherlands, Spain and England signs Peace of Amiens
  • 03-27Treaty of Amiens-French Revolutionary War ends
  • 04-08French Protestant church becomes state-supported and -controlled
  • 05-03Washington DC incorporates as a city
  • 06-09US Academy at West Point founded
  • 07-04US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
  • 07-071st comic book "The Wasp, " is published
  • 08-02Napoleon declared "Counsel for Life"
  • 08-07Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St. Domingue (Haiti)
  • 10-101st non indian settlement in Oklahoma
  • 12-02English sell Suriname to Dutch

People born in year of 1802

  • 01-03Feliks Ostrowski: Composer
  • 01-06Ion Heliade-Radulescu: Romania -- Author / Novelist / writer (Gramatica)
  • 01-13Eduard von Bauernfeld: Vienna, Austria -- Comedic playwright
  • 01-19[Jean] Silvain van de Weyer: 1st Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs (1831)
  • 01-22Richard Upjohn: United States -- Gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY)
  • 01-31Jan C J van Speijk: Dutch naval hero
  • 02-02Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault: French chemist
  • 02-04Mark Hopkins: United States -- Educator / philosopher (Williams College)
  • 02-11Lydia Maria Child: United States -- Author / abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany)
  • 02-20Charles-Auguste de Beriot: Belgian violinist / composer
  • 02-21George Douglas Ramsey: Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1882
  • 02-26Victor Hugo: France -- Author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables)
  • 02-27William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck: Lord George Bentinck
  • 03-16George Archibald McCall: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
  • 03-24Jacob van Lennep: Attorney / Dutch MP
  • 04-01Hubert Reis: Composer
  • 04-04Dorothea Dix: United States -- Aroused interest in treatment of mental inmates
  • 04-12Francois MP Liberman: French relig leader (Congregation of Heart)
  • 04-27Abraham Louis Niedermeyer: Composer
  • 05-06Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer: Artist
  • 05-15Isaac Ridgeway Trimble: Major General (Confederate Army), died in 1888
  • 05-31Cesare Pugni: Composer
  • 06-02Adrian van der Hoop, Jr.: Dutch poet / critic
  • 07-01Gideon Welles: Secretary of the Navy (Union), died in 1878
  • 07-03Joseph Labitzky: Composer
  • 07-09Thomas Davenport: Invented 1st coml electric motor
  • 07-12Charles-Louis Hanssens: Composer
  • 07-15John Barnett: Composer
  • 07-21David Hunter: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
  • 07-24Ira Aldridge: Famous African

People died in year of 1802

  • 01-14Marie Allard: French ballerina, dies at 59
  • 01-27Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg: Composer, dies at 42
  • 03-07Johann Georg Witthauer: Composer, dies at 50
  • 03-29Frederic Thieme: Composer, dies at 51
  • 06-28Johann J Angel: German Author / director, dies at 60
  • 07-22Marie-Francois-Xavier Bichat: A founder of histology
  • 07-28Giuseppe Sarti: Italian Composer (Il er pastore, Ifigenia), dies at 72
  • 08-03Henry DFL: Prince of Prussia / General / diplomat
  • 08-10Aepinus [Franz UT Hoch]: German Physician / physicist, dies at 77
  • 08-23Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter: Composer, dies at 51
  • 10-22Samuel Arnold: English composer, dies at 62
  • 10-29Jacques-Philippe Lamoninary: Composer, dies at 95
  • 11-07Johann Georg Joseph Spangler: Composer, dies at 50
  • 11-12Charles van Poucke: Flemish sculptor, dies at 62
  • 12-31Francis Lewis: Welsh / US Merchant / signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 89
  • 12-31Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen: Composer, dies at 53

Events in year of 1803

  • 01-11Monroe and Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy Louisiana
  • 02-04William Dunlap, adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
  • 02-14Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Penn
  • 02-24Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury vs. Madison)
  • 02-251,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
  • 02-27Great fire in Bombay, India
  • 03-01Ohio becomes 17th state
  • 03-031st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins
  • 03-19Johann von Schillers "Die Braut von Messina, " premieres in Weimar
  • 04-01French law rules the use of intention
  • 04-30US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)
  • 05-16Peace of Amiens ends
  • 05-17John Hawkins and Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
  • 05-18Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy and Switzerland
  • 05-221st public library opens (Connecticut)
  • 08-091st horses arrive in Hawaii
  • 09-23Battle of Assaye-British-Indian forces beat Maratha Army
  • 10-20US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
  • 11-18Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French
  • 11-29Dessalines and Christophe declare St. Domingue (Haiti) independent
  • 11-30Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
  • 12-20Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27M

People born in year of 1803

  • 01-03Douglas William Jerrold: London, England -- Author / playwright / wit (Punch Magazine)
  • 01-06Henri Herz: Composer
  • 01-09Christopher Gustavus Memminger: Secy Treas (Confederacy) died in 1888
  • 01-29James Outram: Butterley Hall, Derbyshire, England -- General
  • 02-02Albert Sidney Johnston: Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1862
  • 02-15John Augustus Sutter: Swiss / US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • 02-20Friedrich Theodor Frohlich: Composer
  • 03-14F G Klopstock: Writer
  • 03-22Anthonie Waldrop: Dutch painter / lithographer
  • 04-02Franz Paul Lachner: Composer
  • 04-07Flora Tristan: Writer
  • 04-14Friedrich von Amerling: Austrian painter
  • 04-18Charles F Pahud de Montagnes: Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies (1856-61)
  • 04-21Levin Minn Powell: Commander (Union Navy), died in 1885
  • 04-27Alfred Julius Becher: Composer
  • 05-07Johan Peter Cronhamm: Composer
  • 05-08Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova: Composer
  • 05-12Justus Freiherr von Liebig: German chemist (agricultural chemics)
  • 05-17Robert Smith Surtees: Novelist
  • 05-24Charles LJL Bonaparte: Corsican / French Prince of Canino / Musignano
  • 06-02Michail I Glinka: Russian composer
  • 06-04Gabriel James Rains: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1881
  • 06-24George James Webb: Composer
  • 07-20Jakob Zeugheer: Composer
  • 07-20Thomas Lovell Beddoes: English poet
  • 07-23Johann Vesque von Puttlingen: Composer
  • 07-24Alexander Jackson Davis: United States -- Architect (gothic revivalist)
  • 07-31John Ericsson: United States -- Inventor (screw propeller) / shipbuilder-USS Monitor
  • 08-15James Douglas: Father of British Columbia
  • 09-01Jacobus T Abels: Dutch painter

People died in year of 1803

  • 01-02Ignaz Franz von Beecke: Composer, dies at 69
  • 01-26Georg von Pasterwiz: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-03Pedro R de Campomanes: Spanish economist / lawyer / literary, dies at 79
  • 02-16Jan V clav Stich: Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • 02-18J W L Gleim: Writer
  • 02-21Edward Despard: Last person drawn and quartered in England
  • 03-14Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock: German poet, dies at 78
  • 03-17Candido Jose Ruano: Composer, dies at 42
  • 04-02Hieronymus van Alphen: Dutch attorney / Poet (church hymns), dies at 56
  • 06-08Joannes Natalis Paquot: Belgian priest / historian, dies at 80
  • 06-22Wilhelm Heinse: Writer
  • 06-24Matthew Thornton: Irish / US Physician / signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 88
  • 07-14Esteban Salas y Castro: Composer
  • 07-23Arthur Wolfe: 1st viscount Kilwarden / Chief Justice of Ireland, murdered
  • 08-18James Beattie: Scottish Poet / philosopher (Essay on Truth), dies at 67
  • 08-28Charles L Fournier: Flemish writer / painter
  • 09-05Francois Devienne: Composer, dies at 44
  • 09-09Armand-Emmanuel Trial: Composer, dies at 32
  • 09-13John Barry: 1st American commodore
  • 09-17Franz Xaver Sussmayr: Composer
  • 09-20Robert Emmet: Irish nationalist, executed
  • 09-30Charles Broche: Composer, dies at 51
  • 10-02Samuel Adams: US revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party), dies at 81
  • 10-08Vittoria A Alfieri: Italian Earl / writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • 11-03Henri Moreau: Composer, dies at 75
  • 11-05Ch de Laclos: Writer
  • 11-22Bernardus Bosch: Dutch vicar / patriot, dies at 57
  • 12-18Johann G von Herder: German philosopher / Theologist / poet, dies at 59