Historical Events for Year 1803
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Jan 1st - 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.
Jan 11th - Monroe & Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
Feb 4th - William Dunlap, adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
Feb 14th - Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Penn
Feb 14th - Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
Feb 19th - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953
Feb 24th - Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
Feb 25th - 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
Feb 27th - Great fire in Bombay, India
Mar 1st - Ohio becomes 17th state
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall Mar 3rd - 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins
Mar 3rd - Colégio Militar is founded in Portugal by Colonel Teixeira Rebello.
Mar 19th - Friedrich Schiller's "Die Braut von Messina" premieres in Weimar
Apr 1st - French law rules the use of intention
Apr 5th - 1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D
Apr 26th - Meteorites fall in L'Aigle, France
Apr 30th - US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)
May 16th - Peace of Amiens ends
May 17th - John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
May 18th - Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland
French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte May 22nd - 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
Jul 4th - The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
Jul 5th - The convention of Artlenburg leads to the French occupation of Hanover (which had been ruled by the British king).
Jul 23rd - Robert Emmett leads rebellion in Dublin
Jul 26th - The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London.
Aug 9th - 1st horses arrive in Hawaii
Aug 9th - Robert Fulton tests his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine, France
Sep 23rd - Battle of Assaye: British-Indian forces beat Maratha Army
Oct 20th - US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase
Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton Oct 21st - English scientist John Dalton reads his paper on the absorption of gases to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Soc - 1st outline of his atomic theory
Oct 23rd - English physicist John Dalton reads his essay on the absorption of gases by water and presents a series of atomic weights for 21 simple and compound elements at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
Nov 18th - Battle of Vertieres, in which Haitians defeat French
Nov 29th - Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent
Nov 30th - Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France
Dec 20th - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27M