On This Day

What Happened in 1807

Historical Events

  • Jan 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
  • Feb 8 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
  • Mar 2 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808
  • Mar 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; penalty of £120 per slave introduced for ship captains
  • Nov 27 Portuguese Royal Family and its court of nearly 15,000 people leave Lisbon for their colony of Brazil to escape invading Napoleonic troops
  • More Historical Events

Would You Believe?

Washington Irving's Salmagundi periodical published - first to associate the name "Gotham" with New York City

On November 11, 1807

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 21 US President Martin Van Buren (24) weds high school sweetheart Hannah Hoes (23) in Catskill, New York