What Happened in 1800

Important 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
  • Nov 17 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
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Did You Know?

Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America

On December 12, 1800

World Leaders in 1800

Famous People in 1800

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • 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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