On This Day

What Happened in 1807

Important 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

World Leaders in 1807

Famous People in 1807

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