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1803Robert Fulton tests his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine, France

1803Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

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