On This Day

April 1808 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Apr 6 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company

Historic Event

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)

  • Apr 9 Mayor Wolters offers French King Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace

Historic Event

Apr 17 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

  • Apr 30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

Birthdays in History

  • 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)

Napoleon III

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

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