On This Day

What Happened in January 1803

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Sơn Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Huế, Vietnam.

Historic Event

Jan 12 US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson's nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 2 Gugliemo Libri [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • Jan 3 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • Jan 9 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • Jan 15 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer & poet, born in Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom (d. 1811)
  • Jan 29 James Outram “the Bayard of India”, English general and administrator in India, born in Bulterley Hall, Derbyshire (d.1868)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian author and poet (Dushenka), dies at 59
  • Jan 23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery, dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72