Historical Events in 1802

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 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 25 Napoleon Bonaparte elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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