1769 15th August. Napoleon Bonaparte born in Ajaccio, Corsica.
1779 17th May. Napoleon begins study at the Royal Military Academy.
1784 17th October. Enrolls in the Ecole Militaire.
1785 28th October. Graduates from Ecole Militaire with
the rank of second lieutenant in the artillery.
3rd November. Stationed in Valence.
1789 14th July. Paris mob storms the Bastille.
1792 May-October. While in Paris with his regiment, Napoleon
witnesses the storming of the Tuileries Palace and the
dethroning of the French King, Louis XVI.
1793 13th June. Accused of being too pro- French, Napoleon and his
family flee their household in Corsica.
22nd December. For his courage at an internal French battle at
Toulon, Napoleon receives the new rank of brigadier general.
1794 9th-20th August. Napoleon is imprisoned under suspicion of
being a Jacobin and a supporter of Robespierre.
1795 13th June. Napoleon is promoted to
General of the Army of the West.
5th October. The government assigns Napoleon the task of
suppressing civil strife and rebellion against the Republic.
15th October. At the home of Paul Francois Barras, a Directory
member, Napoleon meets Rose de Beauharnais (Josephine).
16th October. Barras helps Napoleon win promotion to
Commander of the Army of the Interior.
1796 2nd March. Napoleon is given command of the
French army in Italy.
9th March. Napoleon marries Josephine.
11th March. Italian campaign against Austria begins.
10th May. Napoleon wins the Battle of Lodi.
17th November. Napoleon wins the Battle of Arcole.
1797 14th January. Napoleon wins the Battle of Rivoli.
17th October. Napoleon draws up the Treaty of Campo- Formio
5th December. He returns to Paris a hero.
1798 19th May. Napoleon begins his Egyptian campaign.
2nd July. Fall of Alexandria.
21st July. Wins Battle of the Pyramids against Mamelukes in Egypt.
24th July. Fall of Cairo.
1st August. Under the command of Admiral Nelson, the
British fleet destroys the French navy in the Battle of Aboukir.
1799 23rd August. Receiving news of turmoil in France, Napoleon
returns to Paris.
9th-10th November. Following a coup d'etat, Napoleon becomes
First Consul of the new French government.
1800 19th February. Sets up a household in Tuileries Palace.
20th May. Napoleon leads his army across the Alps in the
Second Italian Campaign.
14th June. Wins Battle of Marengo against Austria.
1801 9th February. Treaty with Austria signed at Luneville.
15th July. Signing of the Concordat between France &
Rome ends schism between the French government and the
24th December. Napoleon escapes an assassination attempt.
1802 25th March. Treaty of Amiens signed with Britain.
1st May Napoleon restructures French educational system.
4th August. New constitution adopted, making Napoleon
First Consul for life.
1803 3rd May. France sells Louisiana territory to U.S.
(Actually signed: Saturday April 30, 1803).
16th May. England violates Treaty of Amiens.
1804 18th May. Senate proclaims Napoleon Emperor.
2nd December. Napoleon crowns himself Emperor in
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.
1805 17th March. Napoleon is crowned King of Italy in Milan.
21st October. The Battle of Trafalgar marks yet another naval
defeat to the British under the command of Admiral Nelson.
2nd December. Victory in the Battle of Austerlitz against Austria &
1806 30th March. Napoleon names his brother, Joseph Bonaparte,
King of Naples, and appoints
other family members to various other posts.
1807 14th June. Defeats the Russians at the Battle of Friedland.
7th July. Czar Alexander I makes peace with
Napoleon in the Treaty of Tilsit.
22nd July. Napoleon creates the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (Poland),
to be overseen by France.
30th November. Beginning of French occupation of Portugal.
Joachim Murat to lead an army in Spain.
1808 20th February. Napoleon sends the French marshal
2nd May. The French army under Murat
suppress the Spanish revolt.
4th June. Napoleon names Joseph Bonaparte
King of Spain, and Murat King of Naples.
1809 15th December. Napoleon divorces Josephine.
1810 2nd April. Napoleon marries the
Archduchess of Austria, Marie-Louise.
1811 20th March. Napoleon's son born, referred to as
the "King of Rome".
1812 24th June. Russian Campaign begins.
14th September. Grand Army enters Moscow to find the city
abandoned and set aflame by the inhabitants; retreating in the
midst of a frigid winter, the army suffers devastating losses.
18th December. Napoleon returns to Paris.
1813 17th March. Prussia declares war on France.
21st June. The French fall to Spain in the Battle of Vitoria.
1814 January. Anti-French coalition army enters France.
30th-31st March. Paris falls.
2nd Apri. Senate proclaims the end of the Empire & Napoleon's
wife and son flee Paris.
4th April. Napoleon abdicates his rule and Louis XVIII,
a Bourbon, is restored to the French throne.
4th May 4. Napoleon is exiled to Elba
& his wife and son take refuge in Vienna.
1815 1st March. Escapes from Elba and Napoleon
returns to South France.
7th March. Napoleon rallies the French army.
20th March. Louis XVIII flees,
takes control, begins "Hundred Days" campaign.
18th June. Defeated in the Battle of Waterloo by the
British and Prussians, led by Wellington and Blücher.
22nd June. Abdicates for the second time.
16th October. Napoleon is exiled to Saint Helena.
1821 5th March. Napoleon dies at Saint Helena.
Researched & Compiled by Way-Mark.