Historical Events in 1804

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  • Jan 1 Haiti gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Jan 5 Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
  • Jan 30 Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
  • Jan 31 British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curacao
  • 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

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Feb 23 Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France
Louis XVIII
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
  • Mar 4 The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland's Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony's only significant convict uprising.
  • Mar 17 Friedrich Schiller's play "Wilhelm Tell" premieres
  • Mar 21 Civil Code of Napoleon adopted in France
  • Mar 26 Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
  • Mar 26 Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
  • Mar 28 Ohio passed law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804
  • Mar 29 Thousands of Whites massacred in Haiti
  • Apr 2 Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
  • Apr 5 High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
  • Apr 22 Gioacchino Rossini (12) performs in Imola
  • Apr 28 31 British ships sail up Suriname river demanding transition colony from the Dutch
  • Apr 30 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • 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
  • Jun 15 12th amendment to the US constitution ratified; deals with regulating judicial power

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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

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Aug 3 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt lands at Bordeaux, France completing his 5 year expedition to Latin America

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • Aug 11 Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria
  • Aug 25 Alice Meynell becomes 1st woman jockey (England)
  • Sep 1 Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, was discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
  • Sep 25 12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power
  • Oct 2 Britain mobilizes to protect against French invasion
  • Oct 9 Hobart in Tasmania founded
  • Nov 18 Palver Purim 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape
  • Nov 30 Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
  • Dec 2 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris
  • Dec 5 Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice President
  • Dec 7 Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth's magnetic field from the poles to the equator in a memoir to the Paris Institute