Historical Events in 1807

  • Jan 1 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)
  • Jan 12 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die

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Jan 20 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jan 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
  • Feb 3 A British military force, under Brig-Gen. Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now capital of Uruguay.
  • Feb 8 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
  • Feb 9 French Sanhedrin convened by Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Feb 10 US Coast Survey authorized by Congress
  • Feb 19 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles

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Feb 19 VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • Feb 24 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England
  • Mar 2 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808

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Mar 5 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B

  • Mar 25 First fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea, Wales.
  • Mar 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; a penalty of £120 per slave is introduced for slave ship captains.
  • Mar 25 George Canning becomes British Foreign Secretary
  • May 22 Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)
  • May 22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Philadelphia)
  • Jun 14 Emperor Napoleon I's French Grande Armee defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Prussia (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending the War of the Fourth Coalition.
  • Jun 19 Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroys the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.
  • Jun 22 British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812
  • Jun 26 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die
  • Jun 28 British troops lands at Ensenada, Argentina
  • Jul 7 France, Russia & Prussia sign Peace of Tilsit
  • Jul 9 Treaties of Tilsit signed by Napoleon I and Alexander I.

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Aug 17 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • Sep 1 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • Sep 2 The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
  • Sep 4 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat
  • Sep 14 Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge
  • Nov 27 The Portuguese Royal Family leaves Lisbon to escape from Napoleonic troops
  • Dec 17 France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
  • Dec 22 US Congress passes Embargo Act, prohibiting American ships from trading in all foreign ports, as a result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain.