On This Day

What Happened in 1803

Important Events

  • May 17 John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
  • Jul 4 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson
  • Jul 26 The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London
  • Oct 20 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase
  • Dec 20 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA for $27M
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