Historical Events in 1808

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  • Jan 1st African Benevolent Society (education) forms
  • Jan 1st Congress prohibits importation of slaves
  • Jan 1st Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
  • Jan 10th Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as gov-gen of Neth Indies
  • Jan 12th The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
  • Jan 19th Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
  • Jan 26th Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
  • Feb 11th Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
  • Mar 2nd The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
  • Mar 6th 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
  • Mar 7th Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23rd Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Mar 26th Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
  • Mar 27th Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
  • Mar 31st French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names
  • Apr 6th John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.
  • Apr 8th The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • Apr 9th Mayor Wolters offers French King Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace
  • Apr 13th William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
  • Apr 17th Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
  • Apr 30th 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
  • May 2nd Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
  • May 3rd Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The of 3rd of May" (painted 1814)
  • May 3rd Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • May 3rd Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
  • May 30th Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate
  • Jun 1st 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio Univ, Athens, Ohio
  • Jun 15th Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
  • Jun 22nd Zebulon Pike reaches his peak
  • Jul 2nd Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam
  • Jul 5th Battle of Buenos Aires
  • Jul 15th French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples
  • Jul 20th Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names
  • Jul 28th Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey
  • Aug 17th Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 21st Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • Sep 13th Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
  • Sep 30th Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire
  • Oct 17th Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
  • Oct 31st Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
  • Nov 10th Osage Treaty / Treaty of Fort Clark, Osage Nation cedes territory in Missouri and Arkansas to the US

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7th James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison