Historical Events in 1802

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6th Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland reach Quito, Ecuador

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 25th Napoleon Bonaparte elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jan 26th Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • Jan 29th John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress
  • Feb 2nd 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
  • Feb 8th Simon Willard patents banjo clock
  • Mar 16th Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
  • Mar 16th US Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
  • Mar 25th France, Netherlands, Spain & Great Britain sign Peace of Amiens
  • Mar 27th Treaty of Amiens-French Revolutionary War ends
  • Mar 28th Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
  • Apr 8th French Protestant church becomes state-supported & -controlled

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Apr 15th William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

  • May 3rd Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
  • May 19th French Order of Legion d'Honneur forms
  • Jun 4th Grieving over the death of his wife, Marie Clotilde of France, King Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia abdicates his throne in favor of his brother, Victor Emmanuel.
  • Jun 9th US Academy at West Point founded
  • Jun 15th Toussaint L'Ouverture leaves Haiti, prisoner on French ship Héros
  • Jul 4th US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
  • Jul 7th 1st comic book "The Wasp" is published
  • Aug 2nd Napoleon declared "Consul for Life"
  • Aug 7th Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)
  • Aug 25th Toussaint L'Ouverture imprisoned in Fort de Joux, Jura, France
  • Sep 11th France annexes the Kingdom of Piedmont.
  • Oct 10th 1st non-Indian settlement in Oklahoma
  • Nov 1st Delegates meet at Chillicothe, Ohio, to form a state constitutional convention.
  • Dec 2nd Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands