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.

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

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

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, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • Jan 23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer (founder of Guinness brewery)
  • Jan 26 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72