On This Day

Historical Events in January 1802

Historic Event

Jan 6 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland reach Quito, Ecuador

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

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)