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)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Barbara Heck, Irish born North American colonist, organized 1st Methodist church in US in NY, dies (b. 1734)
  • Aug 20 Charles Floyd, only fatality of the Lewis and Clark Expedition