What Happened in February 1804

Historical Events

  • Feb 14 Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • Feb 15 New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery
  • Feb 16 US Navy Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
  • Feb 18 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered
  • Feb 21 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Feb 24 London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Feb 25 Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Feb 26 Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • Feb 5 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • Feb 6 Ragnerus L van Andringa de Kempenaer, Dutch officer/swindler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 7 John Deere, Rutland, Vermont, pioneer American blacksmith and manufacturer of agricultural equipment who founded Deere & Company

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • Feb 8 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer (d. 1834)
  • Feb 12 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
  • Feb 16 Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (d. 1885)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 19 Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
  • Feb 19 David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Caesar Rodney, US judge (signed Declar of Independence), dies at 62
  • Feb 2 George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
  • Feb 6 Joseph Priestley, Engl/US theologist/philosopher/chemist, dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79