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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1807 AD

January

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

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

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

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

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

July 7: France, Russia and Prussia sign Peace of Tilsit

August

August 17: Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins 1st trip up Hudson River

September

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

December 22: Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain and France
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