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1807 Historical Event(s)
- February 3, 1807 – A British military force, under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captures the city of Montevideo, then part of the Spanish Empire now the capital of Uruguay.
- February 8, 1807 – Battle of Eylau – Napoleon defeats Russians under General Benigssen.
- March 25, 1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger carrying railway in the world.
- June 22, 1807 – In the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacks and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake.
- June 28, 1807 – Second British invasion of the Río de la Plata; John Whitelock lands at Ensenada on an attempt to recapture Buenos Aires and is defeated by the locals.
- July 7, 1807 – Napoleonic Wars: the Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ends the Fourth Coalition.
- July 20, 1807 – Nicéphore Niépce is awarded a patent by Napoleon Bonaparte for the Pyréolophore, the world’s first internal combustion engine, after it successfully powered a boat upstream on the river Saône in France.
- August 17, 1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.
- November 27, 1807 – The Portuguese Royal Family leaves Lisbon to escape from Napoleonic troops.
- December 17, 1807 – France issues the Milan Decree, which confirms the Continental System.
Who Were Born On 1807?
- January 19, 1807 – Robert E. Lee, American Confederate general (d. 1870)
- February 3, 1807 – Joseph E. Johnston, American Confederate general (d. 1891)
- February 27, 1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (d. 1882)
- March 1, 1807 – Wilford Woodruff, American religious figure (d. 1898)
- March 14, 1807 – Josephine of Leuchtenberg, queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1876)
- May 28, 1807 – Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born zoologist and geologist (d. 1873)
- July 1, 1807 – Thomas Green Clemson, American educator (d. 1888)
- August 8, 1807 – Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
- October 4, 1807 – Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, French Canadian politician (d. 1864)
- December 17, 1807 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet and abolitionist (d. 1892)