1796 in History – What happened in year 1796

✅ Published on April 2nd, 2009 in 18th Century in History

In history, year 1796 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1796.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1796 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 aprilFrench naturalist Georges Cuvier delivered a lecture at the National Museum of Natural History on living and fossil remains of elephants and related species, founding the science of paleontology.
14 mayEnglish physician Edward Jenner began testing cowpox as avaccine against smallpox.
04 augustFrench Revolutionary Wars-The French Army of Italy underNapoleon crushed an Austrian brigade in the Battle of Lonato.
07 septemberFrench Revolutionary Wars-The French defeated Austrian forcesin Bassano, Venetia, present-day Italy.
17 novemberFrench Revolutionary Wars-French forces defeated the Austriansat the Battle of the Bridge of Arcole in a manoeuvre to cut the latter'sline of retreat.
10 MayNapoleon defeated Austria in the Battle of Lodi Bridge.
03 NovemberJohn Adams was elected President of the United States.
04 DecemberBajirao II was appointed Peshwa.
16 JanuaryThe first Dutch and general) elections were held for the National Assembly of the Batvian Republic, the next Dutch general election held in 1888).
16 FebruaryGreat Britain was granted control of Ceylon by the Dutch.
09 MarchThe widow Josephine de Beauharnais married General Napoleon Bonaparte.
12 AprilFirst Alliance War - Battle of Monnet: Napoleon Bonaparte won his first victory as an army commander.
14 MayIn England, Edward Jenner first vaccinated smallpox.
21 JuneBritish explorer Mungo Park became the first European to reach the Niger River.
21 JulyMungo Park reached Segou, the capital of the Bamna Empire.
04 AugustFrench Revolutionary War - Battle of Lonana: Italy's French army under Napoleon crushed an Austrian brigade.
28 SeptemberQueen Catherine the Great signed an agreement with Great Britain, formally joining Russia in the alliance.
05 OctoberSpain declared war on England.
03 NovemberJohn Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson in the US presidential election.
03 DecemberBaji Rao II was made the Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. He was the last Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.


Famous birthdays in the year 1796:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 February Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich / Poet / Switzerland
03 MayWilliam H. Prescott / Historian / United States of America
06 February John Stevens Henslow / Botanist / United Kingdom
09 OctoberJoseph Bonomi the Younger / Sculptor / Britain
11 February Giovanni Pacini / Educator / Italy
12 AprilGeorge N. Briggs / Politician / United States of America
14 JuneNikolai Brashman / Academic / Russia
15 JulyThomas Bulfinch / Mythologist / United States of America
16 JulyJean-Baptiste-Camille Corot / Painter / France
17 February Philipp Franz von Siebold / Physician / Germany
17 DecemberThomas Chandler Haliburton / Politician / Canada
19 DecemberManuel Bretón de los Herreros / Poet / Spain
22 February Alexis Bachelot / Priest / France
24 March John Corry Wilson Daly / Politician / Canada
26 JulyGeorge Catlin / Author / United States of America
26 JuneJan Paweł Lelewel / Painter / Poland
28 JulyIgnaz Bösendorfer / Business Man / Austria
29 DecemberJohann Christian Poggendorff / Journalist / Germany
30 NovemberCarl Loewe / Singer / Germany
31 JulyJean-Gaspard Deburau / Actor / France
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