Historical Events for Year 1808
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Jan 1st - African Benevolent Society (education) forms
Jan 1st - Congress prohibits importation of slaves
Jan 1st - Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
Jan 10th - Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as gov-gen of Neth Indies
Jan 12th - The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
Jan 19th - Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
Jan 26th - Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
Feb 11th - Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
Mar 2nd - The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
Mar 6th - 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
Mar 7th - Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro
Mar 23rd - Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain
Mar 26th - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII.
Mar 27th - Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
Mar 31st - French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names
Apr 6th - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.
Apr 8th - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
Apr 9th - Mayor Wolters offers French king Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace
Apr 13th - William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
Apr 17th - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
Apr 30th - 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
May 2nd - Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
May 3rd - Goya's "Executions of 3rd of May"
May 3rd - Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
May 3rd - Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill.
May 30th - Napoleon annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate
Jun 1st - 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio Univ, Athens, Ohio
Jun 5th - -6] Battle at Wagram: French army beats Austrians
Jun 15th - Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain.
Jun 22nd - Zebulon Pike reaches his peak
Jul 2nd - Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam
Jul 5th - Battle of Buenos Aires
Jul 15th - French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples
Jul 20th - Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names
Jul 28th - Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey
Aug 17th - Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley Aug 21st - Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
Sep 13th - Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
Sep 30th - Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire
Oct 17th - Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
Oct 31st - Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
Nov 10th - Osage Treaty signed
Dec 7th - James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President