On This Day

What Happened in January 1808

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 African Benevolent Society (education) forms
  • Jan 1 Congress prohibits importation of slaves
  • Jan 1 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
  • Jan 10 Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as Governor-General of Neth Indies
  • Jan 12 The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
  • Jan 19 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
  • Jan 26 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • Jan 7 Jacob Ammen, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fincastle, Virginia (d. 1894)
  • Jan 11 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • Jan 12 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 13 Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)
  • Jan 19 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher, born in Athol, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Jan 27 David F Strauss, German theologist (Jesus' Life)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Explorer William Clark (37) weds Julia Hancock in Fincastle, Virginia

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies