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Jan 9th British Prime Minister William Pitt introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jan 10th Friedrich von Schiller's "Die Piccolomini," premieres in Weimar

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Jan 14th Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • Jan 14th King of Naples flees before advancing French armies
  • Jan 17th Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, was executed.
  • Jan 25th 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
  • Feb 9th USS Constellation captures French frigate Insurgents off Nevis, W I
  • Feb 13th 1st US law regulating insurance passed by Massachusetts legislature
  • Feb 15th 1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25th 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
  • Feb 25th US Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
  • Mar 2nd Congress standardizes US weights & measures
  • Mar 6th Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine
  • Mar 7th The Royal Institution of Great Britain founded; dedicated to scientific research and education.
  • Mar 12th Austria declares war on France
  • Mar 19th Joseph Haydn's "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
  • Mar 26th Napoleon captures Jaffa, Palestine
  • Mar 28th NY State abolished slavery
  • Mar 29th New York passes a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery in the state.
  • Apr 16th Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
  • Apr 20th Friedrich von Schiller's "Wallensteins Tod" premieres in Weimar
  • May 4th Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
  • May 22nd Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews

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Jun 5th Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland set sail in the Pizarro from A Coruña and begin their 5 year Latin American expedition

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • Jun 22nd Britain & Russia decide to invade Bataafse Republic
  • Jul 7th Ranjit Singh's men take up their positions outside Lahore.
  • Jul 15th The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign.

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Jul 24th William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) is willed the slave York

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • Jul 25th French-Egyptian forces under Napoleon I beat Turks at Battle of Abukir
  • Aug 13th British fleet under Lord Seymour overthrows Suriname
  • Aug 23rd Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
  • Aug 27th British invasion army lands in North Holland
  • Aug 30th Batavian fleet surrenders to British
  • Sep 1st Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)
  • Oct 2nd Duke of York & Russians capture Alkmaar in Netherlands
  • Oct 6th Battle of Castricum: French & Bataafs army beats British/Russian army
  • Oct 9th Sinking of British frigate HMS Lutine, with the loss of 240 men and a cargo worth £1,200,000 off Dutch coast.
  • Oct 10th Convention of Alkmaar: British/Russian invasion army departs
  • Oct 22nd Russia leaves second anti-French Coalition
  • Nov 9th Napoleon Bonaparte becomes dictator (1st consul) of France
  • Nov 12th Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S, from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys
  • Dec 10th Metric system adopted in France, first country to do so

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Dec 18th George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington