1808 events in history

Jan 1 The importation of slaves into the United States is banned
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, Scotland
Jan 12 John Rennie's scheme to defend St Mary's Church, Reculver, founded in 669, from coastal erosion was abandoned in favour of demolition, despite it being an exemplar of Anglo-Saxon church architecture and sculpture
Jan 26 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia
Feb 11 Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal
Feb 21 Without a previous declaration of war, Russian troops cross the border to Sweden at Abborfors in eastern Finland, thus beginning the Finnish war, in which Sweden will lose the eastern half of the country (i.e. Finland) to Russia
Mar 2 The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh
Apr 6 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, that would eventually make him America's first millionaire
Apr 8 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore is promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII
May 2 Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808
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 executed near Príncipe Pío hill
May 17 Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire
Jun 6 Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte, is crowned King of Spain
Jun 15 Joseph Bonaparte becomes King of Spain
Jul 8 Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain
Jul 28 Mahmud II became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam
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 14 Finnish War: Russians defeat the Swedes in the bloody Battle of Oravais
Oct 14 The Republic of Ragusa is annexed by France
Nov 23 French and Poles defeat the Spanish at battle of Tudela
Dec 20 Peninsular War: The Siege of Zaragoza begins
Dec 22 Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano)