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  • Jan 1 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)
  • Jan 12 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die

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Jan 20 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Jan 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
  • Feb 3 A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo in the Battle of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now capital of Uruguay (Napoleonic Wars)
  • Feb 8 Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
  • Feb 9 The Grand Sanhedrin (Jewish high court) is convened by Napoleon Bonaparte to give legal sanction to the principles in the Assembly of Notables
  • Feb 10 US Coast Survey authorized by Congress
  • Feb 19 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth attempts to force passage of Dardanelles

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Feb 19 US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • Feb 24 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England
  • Mar 2 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808

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Mar 2 William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland becomes British Prime Minister for the second time after the fall of William Grenville's Whig government

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • Mar 25 First fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea, Wales
  • Mar 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire; penalty of £120 per slave introduced for ship captains

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Mar 25 George Canning becomes British Foreign Secretary

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning

  • May 22 Former US Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)
  • May 22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia
  • Jun 14 Emperor Napoleon I's French Grande Armee defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Prussia (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending War of the Fourth Coalition
  • Jun 19 Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroys the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos
  • Jun 22 British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812
  • Jun 26 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die
  • Jun 28 British troops land at Ensenada, Argentina
  • Jul 5 Second Battle of Buenos Aires lost by invading British forces
  • Jul 9 Second Treaty of Tilsit signed by France, Russia and Prussia

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Aug 17 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins first trip up Hudson River

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • Sep 1 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • Sep 2 The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
  • Sep 4 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat
  • Sep 14 Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 11 Washington Irving's Salmagundi periodical published - first to associate the name "Gotham" with New York City

  • Nov 27 The Portuguese Royal Family leaves Lisbon to escape from Napoleonic troops
  • Dec 17 France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.

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Dec 22 US Congress passes Embargo Act and President Thomas Jefferson signs into law. Prohibits American ships from trading in foreign ports, as result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson