What Happened in May 1804

Historical Events

  • May 6 Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

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May 14 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • May 17 Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase

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May 18 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 21 Lewis & Clark Expedition begins

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Aleksey Khomyakov, Russian poet (d. 1860)
  • May 5 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise)
  • May 12 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • May 16 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)
  • May 17 Ottho G Heldring, Dutch vicar/reformer (Heldring Institutions)
  • May 22 John William (Turk) Livingston, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1885)
  • May 31 Jeanne-Louise Farrenc, composer

Famous Deaths

  • May 24 Simon Style, Fries medical/writer, dies at 73