On This Day

April 1803 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 1 French law rules the use of intention
  • Apr 26 Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Apr 30 Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of 15 million dollars, doubles the size of the USA

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 7 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • Apr 7 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • Apr 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • Apr 18 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • Apr 21 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • Apr 23 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)

Person of interestJames Brooke

Apr 29 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • Apr 30 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), born in Pleushagen, Poland (d. 1879)

Deaths in History


Person of interestToussaint Louverture

Apr 7 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture
  • Apr 18 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43