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Napoleonic Timeline: 1803

Chronology of the Napoleonic era: [Chrono-gallery] [1769-1788] [1789-1793] [1794-1795] [1796] [1797] [1798] [1799] [1800] [1801] [1802] [1803] [1804] [1805] [1806] [1807] [1808] [1809] [1810] [1811] [1812] [1813] [1814] [1815] [1816-1821] [1840]
Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803
Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803
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8 janvier 1803" >8 January – The salaries of clergy cease to be seized. – 23 janvier 1803" >23 January – Napoleon Bonaparte leaves the palace of St. Cloud to the Tuileries, left four months earlier. – 26 janvier 1803" >26 January – Lucien Bonaparte becomes a member of the Institute, appointed by his brother.

19 février 1803" >19 February – Switzerland concludes with France a treaty of defensive alliance. – 20 février 1803" >20 February – Napoleon Bonaparte says: The Government says with justifiable pride: only England can not now fight against France. – 26 février 1803" >26 February – By consular decree, each French cardinal receives 45,000 Francs for his installation costs. An additional annual salary of 30,000 Francs is also granted. – 28 février 1803" >28 February – The First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte inspects, on horseback, works of the Ourcq channel.

10 mars 1803" >10 March – Regulation of the practice of Medicine. – 13 mars 1803" >13 March – Napoleon Bonaparte asks the Minister of Marine how to do the most damage possible to the English trade in the event of a maritime war. – 16 mars 1803" >16 March – Organization of Notaries. – 18 mars 1803" >18 March – King George III of England calls for credits in Parliamen. He has to face French preparations for war. – 28 mars 1803" >28 March – The new French currency will display the head of the First Consul. The value of the Franc is fixed to five grams of silver.

1er avril 1803" >1st April – The names of saints and personages of ancient history become, from that date, the only accepted ones as given names for Public Record Office. – 8 avril 1803" >8 April – Departmental Coucils get the right to vote a salary increase for archbishops and bishops in their dioceses, if circumstances so require. – 9 avril 1803" >9 April – Establishment of the sixteen first auditors at the State Council. Their salary is two thousand Francs a year. – 11 avril 1803" >11 April – Establishment of Pharmacy schools (there are six). – 12 avril 1803" >12 April – A law regulates the operation of factories and workshops. It prohibits coalitions of workers and establishes the protection of trademarks. – 13 avril 1803" >13 April – Napoleon Bonaparte returns to settle in Saint-Cloud. – 14 avril 1803" >14 April – The Bank of France obtains the exclusive privilege of issuing banknotes, for fifteen years. – 16 avril 1803" >16 April – The levying of sixty thousand conscripts is included in legislation. – 30 avril 1803" >30 April – Sale of Louisiana to the United States of America. Price: 80 million Francs, of which 20 million are deducted as compensation to Americans affected by maritime operations.

3 mai 1803" >3rd May – Resumption of Pierre Corneille's Polyeucte at the French Theater, following an express order of First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte. – 7 mai 1803" >7 May – The wages of Cardinal Joseph Fesch, Ambassador of France to Rome, are determined by his nephew to 150,000 Francs plus 100,000 Francs for expenses. – 12 mai 1803" >12 May – Treaty of Amiens is broken. The British Ambassador leaves Paris. – 13 mai 1803" >13 May – The British government expresses its willingness to keep Malta for ten years. He claims also that the French evacuate Holland. – 16 mai 1803" >16 May – Rupture between France and England. – 17 mai 1803" >17 May – An embargo is imposed by the British government on the French ships and the Netherlands' ones. England seizes more than 1,200 vessels and 200 million of goods. – 20 mai 1803" >20 May – The First Consul announces, in a message to the Senate, the Legislative body and the Tribunes, the war with England. – 22 mai 1803" >22 May – Order is given to arrest all Englishmen being in France. – 23 mai 1803" >23 May – Declaration of war by England. – 28 mai 1803" >28 May – One hundred twenty-eight companies of Coast Guard gunners are created. – 30 mai 1803" >30 May – Soldiers on leave are ordered to join without delay their regiments.

10 juin 1803" >10 June – The regulation of high-schools is established by decree. – 13 juin 1803" >13 June – From that day, in the countries gathered to France, all public acts will be written in French. – 14 juin 1803" >14 June – French army is organized for the proposed invasion of Britain, and is named Armée d'Angleterre. – 20 juin 1803" >20 June – The introduction into the French ports of food and goods arriving from British colonies or England is prohibited. – 22 juin 1803" >22 June – The success of the war against England is the subject of public prayers. – 24 juin 1803" >24 June – First Consul begins a tour of inspection in Northern France and Belgium.

19 août 1803" >19 August – The offer of mediation from Russia faces the refusal of England. – 21 août 1803" >21 August – Georges Cadoudal and some other Chouans, led by an English ship, clandestinely land at Biville cliff, in Normandy. – 31 août 1803" >31 August – The students are exempted from conscription.

10 septembre 1803" >10 September – The extraordinary works of bridges and causeways, digging and repair of canals, draining of swamps receive an allocation of fifteen million Francs. – 20 septembre 1803" >20 September – From First Consul to Jean-Antoine Chaptal, Minister of Interior: I am, citizen Minister, dissatisfied with the city of Paris. The budget of this city for the year XI is not yet finalized while year is over [the year XI ended on 23rd September 1803]. My intention is that these delays cease. – 24 septembre 1803" >24 September – Napoleon Bonaparte, wearing National Guard uniform, attends a concert for the Feast of the founding of the Republic. – 27 septembre 1803" >27 September – By consular decree: To ensure freedom of the press, no publisher can sell a book before it is presented to a board of review.

1er octobre 1803" >1st October – (8 Vendemiaire Year XII) Napoleon Bonaparte decides that there will be erected, in Paris, at the center of the Place Vendome, a column like the one erected in Rome in honor of Trajan ... surmounted by a pedestal supporting the statue of Charlemagne. – 5 octobre 1803" >5 October – A company of interpreters is created. It is intended to be used in the army for the invasion of Britain. – 11 octobre 1803" >11 October – Bonaparte himself writes an instruction for the crews of landing craft. – 12 octobre 1803" >12 October – Eleven military depots are created in order to detain conscripts convicted of refractory. – 14 octobre 1803" >14 October – The bust of Jean Bart is installed in the City Hall of Dunkirk. – 15 octobre 1803" >15 October – Expulsion of Madame de Staël. – 23 octobre 1803" >23 October – The First Consul gives audience to Dr. Guillotin who introduces him, on behalf of the Central Committee of vaccinia, a report on this new mode of inoculation.

3 novembre 1803" >3rd November – Napoleon Bonaparte visits the fleet set up in Boulogne and inspects the troops. – 18 novembre 1803" >18 November – Back in St. Cloud. – 21 novembre 1803" >21 November – Installing the Tuileries for the winter season. – 23 novembre 1803" >23 November – The British prisoners of war must be locked at Verdun if they are civilians, in the citadels of Charlemont and Valenciennes if they are soldiers or sailors. – 24 novembre 1803" >24 November – Bonaparte to Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord: I am pressed for money: 16 million Francs are due on 1st Vendemiaire [24 September]. I would like the Minister of the Treasury to extricate 16 million Francs of letters of exchange on Spanish Treasury... Letters would be accepted or would not... If they were not, it would be a natural subject of dispute with Spain, whether on the contrary, they are, they will be settled within eight days, and from that moment we have the money arrived in Paris before the end of Frimaire [22 December]. – 25 novembre 1803" >25 November – Forty students from the military school of Fontainebleau over the age of eighteen shall be appointed second lieutenants in advance. Sixty students from Saint-Cyr Prytaneum with the age of sixteen shall be appointed quartermaster. – 29 novembre 1803" >29 November – Bonaparte to minister Chaptal: I desire a song for the invasion of England ... I know it has been presented several comedies of fact, it should make a choice for them to play in different theaters of Paris, and especially to the camps of Boulogne, Bruges and other places where the army stays.

1er décembre 1803" >1st December – Establishment of Workers' booklet. – 2 décembre 1803" >2nd December – Order is given to condemn to death the leaders of rebel conscripts department of Maine-et-Loire, Vendee and Deux-Sevres. – 12 décembre 1803" >12 December – Napoleon Bonaparte asks for information on political opinions, abilities, wealth and probity of candidates for Senate and Legislature, so I can intervene, says he, whenever it is presented people with bad principles and little regarded. – 20 décembre 1803" >20 December – The Legislative body loses the right to appoint its chairman. – 24 décembre 1803" >24 December – The Academy of Arts of New York elects Bonaparte as a member. – 25 décembre 1803" >25 December – Charles Nodier is interrogated at police headquarters and taken to the Force jailhouse. He is the author of the libel La Napoleone and had written to the First Consul to denounce himself. – 30 décembre 1803" >30 December – Bonaparte visits again Boulogne, inspecting the fleet and visiting new harbours Ambleteuse and Wimereux.

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