What Happened in July 1804

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • Jul 12 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 George Sand, French (female) novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro)
  • Jul 4 Desire de Haerne, Belgian priest/Congressional leader

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Jul 4 Nathaniel Hawthorne, author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem Massachusetts (d. 1864)

  • Jul 10 Emma Smith Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1879)
  • Jul 14 Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general
  • Jul 20 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1892)
  • Jul 22 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • Jul 25 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Education, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1880)
  • Jul 28 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father and 1st Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
  • Jul 17 Christian Ernst Graf, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 25 William Forsyth, English gardening expert (Forsythia), dies