What Happened in 1802

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Historical Events

  • Jan 6 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland reach Quito, Ecuador
  • Jan 25 Napoleon Bonaparte elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic
  • Jan 26 Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • Jan 29 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress
  • Jan 29 First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns's birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)
  • 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 16 The 1st US Military Academy at West Point is established through Congressional act (opened July 4, 1802)
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1802

Famous People in 1802

Would You Believe?

1st comic book "The Wasp" is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians

On July 7, 1802

Famous Weddings