On This Day

What Happened in August 1804

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

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 Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 6 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)
  • Aug 30 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), born in Penza Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1638) [OS]

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Barbara Hec, organized 1st methodist church in US, dies
  • Aug 20 Charles Floyd, only fatality of the Lewis and Clark Expedition