What Happened in March 1808

Historical Events

  • Mar 2 The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
  • Mar 6 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mar 7 Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro
  • Mar 19 Charles IV, king of Spain, abdicates after riots and a popular revolt at the winter palace Aranjuez. His son, Ferdinand VII, takes the throne

Historic Event

Mar 23 Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain

  • Mar 26 Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII
  • Mar 27 Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
  • Mar 31 French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 12 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, "Schoolmaster", Dutch poet
  • Mar 14 Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • Mar 24 Maria Malibran (née Garcia) Spanish operatic contralto and soprano, born in Paris, (d. 1836)
  • Mar 25 Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary and poet (Cortes)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Johann Christian Fabricius, Danish Entomologist, dies at 63
  • Mar 9 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect who designed English country houses, dies at 69
  • Mar 13 King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)