On This Day

What Happened in April 1808

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor

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Apr 8 Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore promoted to an archdiocese by Pope Pius VII, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville)

Bishop of Imola and Pope Pius VII
Bishop of Imola and 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. 1889)
  • Apr 16 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)

Person of interestNapoleon III

Apr 20 Napoleon III, Emperor of France (1852-70), born in Paris (d. 1873)

Emperor of France Napoleon III
Emperor of France
Napoleon III
  • Apr 26 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1909)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 25 Luigi Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66