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* January 1 - Importation of slaves into the United States is banned
* February 11 - Anthracite coal first burned as fuel, experimentally.
* February - Russia issues an ultimatum to Sweden, to join France Denmark
and Russia and attacks Finland.
* March 26 - Charles IV of Spain abdicates in favor of his son, Ferdinand
* April 6 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.
* May 3 - The fortress of Sveaborg is lost by Sweden to Russia, during
the Finnish War.
* November - Swedish troops evacuate Finland. Tsar Alexander I of Russia
proclaims Finland a part of Russia.
* November - James Madison defeats Charles C. Pinckney in U.S.
* Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Mustafa IV (1807-1808) to
Mahmud II (1808-1839)
* December - Napoleon invades Spain
* January 27-David Friedrich Strauss, German Theologians
* February 5 - Carl Spitzweg, painter (+ 1885)
* February 26 - Honoré Daumier, painter, illustrator, lithograph and
sculptor (+ 1879)
* October 6 - King Frederick VII of Denmark
* March 13 - King Christian VII of Denmark
* May 18 - Elijah Craig, important to the invention of bourbon whiskey
Heads of states
o Christian VII King of Denmark and Norway (1766-1808)
o Frederick VI King of Denmark (1808-1839), and king of Norway
* France - Napoléon I Emperor of France (1804-1814)
* Ottoman Empire
o Mustafa IV Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1807-1808)
o Mahmud II Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1808-1839)
* Prussia - Frederick William III King of Prussia (1797-1840)
o Charles IV King of Spain (1788-1808)
o Joseph Bonaparte King of Spain (1808-1813)
* Russia - Alexander I Tsar of Russia (1801-1825)
* United States - Thomas Jefferson third President of the United States