On This Day

What Happened in August 1802

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Napoleon declared "Consul for Life"

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Aug 7 Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Toussaint Louverture imprisoned in Fort de Joux, Jura, France

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster (1860-65), born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1865)
  • Aug 5 Niels H Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel's Comparisons)
  • Aug 13 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), born in Lenauheim, Banat, Romania (d. 1850)
  • Aug 14 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet (Heath's Book of Beauty), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1838)
  • Aug 20 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Washington County, Maryland (d. 1867)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Henry DFL, prince of Prussia/general/diplomat, dies
  • Aug 10 Franz Aepinus, German physician and physicist, dies at 77
  • Aug 23 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, composer, dies at 51