What Happened in 1804

Important Events

  • Feb 21 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for the 1st time, along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Mar 21 Napoleonic Code adopted in France, stresses clearly written and accessible law
  • May 14 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
  • May 18 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
  • Jul 12 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr
  • Dec 2 Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Emperor of France in Paris
More Historical Events

World Leaders in 1804

Famous People in 1804

Would You Believe?

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

On July 11, 1804

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 13 Economist Thomas Robert Malthus (38) weds Harriet Eckersall in Bath, Somerset