On This Day

What Happened in August 1802

Historical Events

Important Vote

Aug 2 Napoleon Bonaparte declared "Consul for Life" after winning national referendum

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

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 27 The West India Quay officially opens - London’s first purpose-built dock, with the then largest brick building in the world [1]

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 Schröter, German singer. and composer, dies at 51