On This Day

What Happened in December 1802

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868)
  • Dec 15 Janos Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), born in Kolozsvár, Hungary (d. 1860)
  • Dec 27 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter, born in Østfold, Norway (d. 1842)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 31 Francis Lewis, Welsh/American merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 89
  • Dec 31 Hugo Franz Karl Alexander von Kerpen, composer, dies at 53