What Happened in January 1803

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Sơn Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Huế, Vietnam.
  • Jan 12 US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson's nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase New Orleans from France

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Gugliemo Libri, [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • Jan 3 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • Jan 9 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • Jan 15 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer and poet (d. 1811)
  • Jan 29 James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • Jan 23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (b. 1725)
  • Jan 26 Georg von Pasterwiz, composer, dies at 72