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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1808 AD

January

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

February 11: Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa

March

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

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

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

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

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

August 17: Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

September

September 30: Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire

October

October 17: Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw
October 31: Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain

November

November 10: Osage Treaty signed

December

December 7: James Madison elected U.S. president/George Clinton vice-president
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