On This Day

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 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, Spanish-French singer (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)