On This Day

What Happened in 1802

Historical Events

  • 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 US Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
  • Mar 16 1st US Military Academy at West Point is established through Congressional act (opened July 4, 1802)
  • Mar 25 Great Britain and the French Republic sign the Treaty of Amiens
  • More Historical Events

Would You Believe?

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

On July 7, 1802

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