1807 in History
January 1 Curacao is taken by English, until March, 1816
January 12 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden, Netherlands, 150 die
January 20 Napoleon convenes great Sanhedrin, Paris
January 28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
February 8 Napoleon defeats Russians in battle of Eylau
February 9 French Sanhedrin convened by Napoleon
February 10 U.S. Coast Survey authorized by Congress
February 19 British squadron under Admiral Duckworth forces passage of Dardanelle
February 19 Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
February 24 17 die and 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in England
March 2 Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
March 5 1st performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B
March 25 1st railway passenger service began in England
March 25 British Parliament abolishes slave trade
March 25 George Canning becomes British minister of Foreign affairs
May 22 Former Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Virginia (acquitted)
May 22 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia
June 22 British board USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to War of 1812
June 26 Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die
June 28 British troops lands at Ensenada, Argentina
July 7 France, Russia and Prussia sign Peace of Tilsit
August 17 Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River
September 1 Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
September 4 Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat
September 14 Aaron Burr acquitted of a misdemeanor charge
December 22 Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France