On This Day

What Happened in April 1808

Historical Events


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Apr 6 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor
  • Apr 8 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 9 Mayor Wolters offers French King Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace

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Apr 17 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Apr 30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 10 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1884)
  • Apr 13 Henry Haywood Bell, U.S. Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Orange County, North Carolina (d. 1868)
  • Apr 13 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1896)
  • Apr 16 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • Apr 20 Napoleon III, Emperor of France (1852-70), born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • Apr 26 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1909)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 25 Alois Luigi Tomasini, composer, dies at 66