1808 in History
January 1 African Benevolent Society (education) forms
January 1 Congress prohibits importation of slaves
January 1 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
January 10 Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as Governor-General of Netherlands Indies
January 19 Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law
February 11 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
March 6 1st college orchestra in U.S. founded, at Harvard
March 7 Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro
March 23 Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain
March 27 Joseph Haydns oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna
March 31 French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names
April 9 Mayor Wolters offers French king Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace
April 13 William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance
April 17 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships
April 30 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
May 2 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
May 3 Goya's "Executions of 3rd of May"
May 30 Napoleon annexes Tuscany and gave it seats in French Senate
June 1 1st U.S. land-grant university founded at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
June 5 Battle at Wagram: French army beats Austrians
June 15 Jozef Napoleon becomes king of Spain
June 22 Zebulon Pike reaches his peak
July 2 Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam
July 5 Battle of Buenos Aires
July 15 French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples
July 20 Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names
July 28 Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey
August 17 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
September 30 Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire
October 17 Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
October 31 Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
November 10 Osage Treaty signed
December 7 James Madison elected U.S. president/George Clinton vice-president