On This Day

Historical Events in March 1808

  • 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