On This Day

Events in History 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