On This Day

What Happened in February 1801

Historical Events

  • Feb 9 France & Austria sign Peace of Luneville

USAThomas Jefferson Elected US President

Feb 17 US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie by electing Thomas Jefferson as President over Aaron Burr
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Tally of electoral college votes in the election of 1800. No candidate won a majority, so an election in the House of Representatives took place, with Jefferson winning on the 36th ballot.
Tally of electoral college votes in the election of 1800. No candidate won a majority, so an election in the House of Representatives took place, with Jefferson winning on the 36th ballot.
  • Feb 27 Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, composer
  • Feb 1 Thomas Cole, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School)
  • Feb 1 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (d. 1881)
  • Feb 7 John Rylands, England, merchant/philanthropist
  • Feb 21 Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, composer
  • Feb 21 John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)
  • Feb 8 Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43