Historical Events in 1804

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  • Jan 1st Haiti gains independence from France (National Day)
  • Jan 5th Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
  • Jan 30th Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
  • Jan 31st British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curacao
  • Feb 14th Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • Feb 15th New Jersey becomes last northern state to abolish slavery
  • Feb 16th US Navy Lt Stephen Decatur raids Tripoli Harbor & burns Navy frigate "Philadelphia" after pirates seized it
  • Feb 18th 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered
  • Feb 21st 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for 1st time, in Wales

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Feb 23rd 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 24th London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

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

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • Feb 26th Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad
  • Mar 4th 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 17th Friedrich Schiller's play "Wilhelm Tell" premieres
  • Mar 21st Civil Code of Napoleon adopted in France
  • Mar 26th Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
  • Mar 26th Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase
  • Mar 28th Ohio passed law restricting movement of Blacks, 1804
  • Mar 29th Thousands of Whites massacred in Haiti
  • Apr 2nd Forty merchantmen are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
  • Apr 5th High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
  • Apr 22nd Gioacchino Rossini (12) performs in Imola
  • Apr 28th 31 British ships sail up Suriname river demanding transition colony from the Dutch
  • Apr 30th The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
  • May 6th Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

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May 14th 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 17th Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase

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

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • May 21st Lewis & Clark Expedition begins
  • Jun 15th 12th amendment to the US constitution ratified; deals with regulating judicial power

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Jul 11th 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
  • Jul 12th 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 3rd 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 11th Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria
  • Aug 25th Alice Meynell becomes 1st woman jockey (England)
  • Sep 1st Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, was discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.
  • Sep 25th 12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power
  • Oct 2nd Britain mobilizes to protect against French invasion
  • Oct 9th Hobart in Tasmania founded
  • Nov 18th Palver Purim 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape
  • Nov 30th Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins
  • Dec 2nd Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France in Paris
  • Dec 5th Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice President
  • Dec 7th 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