What Happened in January 1802

Historical Events

Election of Interest

Jan 25 Napoleon Bonaparte elected president of Italian (Cisalpine) Republic

  • Jan 26 Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library

Music History

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)

  • Jan 29 John Beckley of Virginia appointed first Librarian of Congress

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 3 Charles Pelham Villiers, British House of Commons member (d. 1898)
  • Jan 3 Feliks Ostrowski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraśnik, Russian Empire (d. 1860)
  • Jan 6 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • Jan 13 Eduard von Bauernfeld, comedic playwright, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 19 [Jean] Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgium min of Foreign affairs (1831)
  • Jan 22 Richard Upjohn, American gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY)
  • Jan 31 Jan C J van Speijk, Dutch naval hero

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 14 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), dies at 59
  • Jan 27 Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German lieder and ballad composer, and conductor, dies at 42