On This Day

What Happened in 1800

Historical Events

  • Mar 20 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London
  • Jul 8 Dr Benjamin Waterhouse gives 1st cowpox vaccination in the US to his son to prevent smallpox

Did You Know?

U.S. Congress meets for the first time in the newly built Capitol in Washington, D.C., which had been established by The Residence Act of July 16, 1790

On November 17, 1800

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 20 Napoleon I's sister Carolina marries French military leader Joachim Murat, future King of Naples
  • Jul 8 Prime Minister of UK George Canning (30) weds heiress Joan Scott
  • Aug 19 Social reformer Elizabeth Fry née Gurney (20) weds tea dealer Joseph Fry (23) at the Norwich Quaker Meeting House in Norwich, England

Famous People Who Died in 1800

  • Jan 1 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French zoologist, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 William Jones, English composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Jean Étienne Championnet, French general (b. 1762)
  • Jan 10 Johan Wikmanson, composer, dies at 46
  • Jan 23 Edward Rutledge, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 50

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