- April 24: The state of Georgia ceded its western land claims to the United States in exchange for $1.25 million from future land sales. Alabama and Mississippi were created from those territories.
- Robert Jemison Jr, attorney and Alabama assemblyman
In 1802, the United States Military Academy of West Point was established. Napoleon Bonaparte established the French légion d'honneur (Legion of Honor). Eleuthère Irénée du Pont founded E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, the modern DuPont Company. Ludwig van Beethoven performed his Moonlight Sonata for the first time.
Notable births in 1802 included author Victor Hugo, activist Dorothea Dix, and author Alexandre Dumas. Notable deaths included physician Erasmus Darwin, First Lady Martha Washington, and painters Thomas Girtin and George Romney.
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