What Happened in March 1807

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808

Historic Event

Mar 2 William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland becomes British Prime Minister for the second time after the fall of William Grenville's Whig government

Music Premiere

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

Britain Abolishes the Slave Trade

Mar 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; penalty of £120 per slave introduced for ship captains

  • Mar 25 First fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea, Wales

Historic Event

Mar 25 George Canning becomes British Foreign Secretary

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1898)
  • Mar 7 Franz Graf von Pocci, German founding director of the Munich Marionette Theatre (Punch and Judy), poet, and illustrator of children's literature (Viola Tricolor: In Picture and Rhyme), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1876)
  • Mar 14 Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Queen of Sweden and Norway, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1876)
  • Mar 15 Gaetano Gaspari, Italian composer, born in Bologna (d. 1881)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 4 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • Mar 11 Anton Eberl, Austrian composer, dies at 41