What Happened in January 1808

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 African Benevolent Society (education) forms
  • Jan 1 Congress prohibits importation of slaves
  • Jan 1 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
  • Jan 10 Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as gov-gen of Neth Indies
  • Jan 12 The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
  • Jan 19 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
  • Jan 26 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (d. 1864)
  • Jan 7 Jacob Ammen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • Jan 11 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • Jan 12 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 13 Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)
  • Jan 19 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (d. 1887)
  • Jan 27 David F Strauss, Germany, theologist (Jesus' Life)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Explorer William Clark (37) weds Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies