1808 in History – What happened in year 1808

✅ Published on April 2nd, 2009 in 19th Century in History

In history, year 1808 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1808.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1808 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
01 januaryAs a result of the lobbying effort by the Abolitionist Movement, the importation of slaves into the United States was officially banned, although slavery it self was not yet abolished.
12 januaryJohn Rennie scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Recover, from coastal erosion was abandoned in favour of demolition, despite the church being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon architecture.
26 januaryGovernor of New South Wales William Bligh was deposed by the New South Wales Corps in the only successful armed takeover of government in Australia's recorded history.
06 aprilJohn Jacob Astor founded the American Fur Company, the profits from which would make him the United States' first multi-millionaire.
15 juneJoseph Bonaparte became King of Spain. Joseph-Napoléon Bonaparte was the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, who made him King of Naples and Sicily (1806–1808), and later King of Spain. After the fall of Napoleon, Joseph styled himself Comte de Survilliers.
08 julyJoseph Bonaparte approved the Bayonne Statute, a royal charterintended as the basis for his rule as King of Spain during the Peninsular War.
06 JuneNapoleon's brother Joseph was made king of Spain.
22 NovemberThomas Cook, founder of the world's famous travel company Thomas Cook & Sons, was born.
22 JanuaryBragansa, a Portuguese royal family escaping from the French army, came to Brazil.
21 FebruaryFinnish War: Russian soldiers crossed the border into Finland without declaring war.
13 MarchAfter the death of Christian VII, Frederick VI became king of Denmark, the very next day Denmark declared war on Sweden.
06 AprilJohn Jacob Astor incorporated the American Fur Company.
03 MayFinnish War: The fort of Swaberg was lost from Sweden to Russia.
22 JulyThe French general DuPont surrendered to the Spanish irregular forces after the Battle of Belen.
10 AugustThe troops under Karl von Dobellen defeated a Russian attack at Kahोजjoki.
21 AugustBattle of Vimeiro: British troops under Sir Arthur Wellesley defeated the French under General Jean-Andoch Junot.
29 SeptemberA dispute between Swedish and Russian troops was announced in Finland; It ended on 19 October.
15 NovemberMahmud II 1808–1839) Mustafa IV 1807–1808) was chosen as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
23 NovemberBattle of Tudela: French Marshal Lens defeated a Spanish army.
20 DecemberThe original Covent Garden Theater in London was destroyed by fire, along with most of the scenery, costumes and scripts.

Famous birthdays in the year 1808:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 NovemberJohn Taylor / Religious Leader / United States of America
01 JuneHenry Parker / Politician / United Kingdom
03 AugustHamilton Fish / Politician / United States of America
05 January Anton Füster / Activist / Austria
06 January Joseph Pitty Couthouy / Naval Officer / United States of America
09 JulyAlexander William Doniphan / Lawyer / United States of America
11 AugustWilliam W. Chapman / Politician / United States of America
14 February Michael Costa / Composer / United Kingdom
15 JulyHenry Edward Manning / Cardinal / United Kingdom
15 AprilWilliam Champ / Politician / United Kingdom
16 AprilCaleb Blood Smith / Journalist / United States of America
17 JuneHenrik Wergeland / Poet / Norway
19 NovemberJanez Bleiweis / Journalist / Slovenia
20 OctoberKarl Andree / Journalist / Germany
22 NovemberThomas Cook / Business Man / United Kingdom
26 February Honoré Daumier / Painter / France
27 January David Strauss / Author / Germany
29 OctoberCaterina Scarpellini / Astronomer / Italy
29 SeptemberHenry Bennett / Politician / United States of America
29 DecemberAndrew Johnson / Politician / United States of America
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