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* January 1 - End of French rule in Haiti
* June 15 - The Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified by
New Hampshire, and arguably becomes effective (subsequently vetoed by
the Governor of New Hampshire)
* July 27 - The Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified by
Tennessee, removing doubt surrounding adoption.
* February 15 - New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish
* February 16 - First Barbary War: Stephen Decatur leads a raid to burn
the pirate-held frigate Philadelphia.
* February 21 - The first self-propelling steam engine or steam
locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren ironworks in Wales.
* March 10 - Louisiana Purchase: In St. Louis, a formal ceremony is
conducted to transfer ownership of Louisiana Territory from France to
the United States.
* March 21 - Code Napoleon adopted as French civil law
* May 14 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and
begin their historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
* May 18 - Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of France by the
* August 20 - Lewis and Clark Expedition: The "Corps of Discovery", whose
purpose is to explore the Louisiana Purchase, suffers it first and last
death when Sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute
* November - Thomas Jefferson defeats Charles C. Pinckney in U.S.
* December 12 - Spain declares war on Britain
* Napoleon Bonaparte declares himself emperor of France, Napoleonic Code
* Pere Lachaise Cemetery a 118 acre cemetery in Paris, France was
* March 14 - Johann Strauss I, Austrian composer
* March 17 - Jim Bridger, pioneer (+ 1881)
* July 1 - George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin), writer
* July 4 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer
* July 28 - Ludwig Feuerbach, German Philosopher
* November 23 - Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States
* December 21 - Benjamin Disraeli, British politician, writer
* February 12 - Immanuel Kant, German philosopher
* September 4 - Richard Somers, American naval officer