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Notable Historical Events - 1808

1808Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate

1808Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.

1808Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

1808Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

1808Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names

1808Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain

1808 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
African Benevolent Society (education) forms 
Jan 1
Congress prohibits importation of slaves 
Jan 1
Sierra Leone becomes a British colony 
Jan 10
Herman Daendels succeeds A Wiese as gov-gen of Neth Indies 
Jan 12
The organizational meeting that led to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh. 
Jan 19
Louis Napoleon signs 1st Dutch aviation law 
Jan 26
Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia. 
Feb 11
Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa 
Mar 2
The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh. 
Mar 6
1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard 
Mar 7
Portugal's regent Dom Juan IV arrives in Rio De Janeiro 
Mar 23
Napoleon's brother Joseph takes the throne of Spain 
Mar 26
Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand VII. 
Mar 27
Joseph Haydn's oratorio "Die Schopfung" premieres in Vienna 
Mar 31
French created Kingdom of Westphalia orders Jews to adopt family names 
Apr 6
John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company. 
Apr 8
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII. 
Apr 9
Mayor Wolters offers French King Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace 
Apr 13
William Henry Lane ("Juda") perfects tap dance 
Apr 17
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships 
Apr 30
1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri 
May 2
Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid 
May 3
Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The of 3rd of May" (painted 1814) 
May 3
Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia. 
May 3
Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill. 
May 30
Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate 
Jun 1
1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio Univ, Athens, Ohio 
Jun 5
-6] Battle at Wagram: French army beats Austrians 
Jun 15
Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain. 
Jun 22
Zebulon Pike reaches his peak 
Jul 2
Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam 
Jul 5
Battle of Buenos Aires 
Jul 15
French marshal Joachim Murat becomes king of Naples 
Jul 20
Napoleon decrees all French Jews adopt family names 
Jul 28
Mahmud II succeeds Mustafa IV as sultan of Turkey 
Aug 17
Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain 
Aug 21
Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War. 
Sep 13
Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero. 
Sep 30
Covent Garden Theatre Royal destroyed by fire 
Oct 17
Political rights of Jews suspended in Duchy of Warsaw 
Oct 31
Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain 
Nov 10
Osage Treaty signed 
Dec 7
James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President 
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