On This Day

What Happened in February 1804

Historical Events

  • Feb 14 Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire
  • Feb 14 Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general who plotted to overthrow Napoleon in the Pichegru Conspiracy, arrested, and exiled to the United States
  • 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 it is seized by pirates
  • Feb 18 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered
  • Feb 21 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for the 1st time, along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Feb 24 London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute

Presidential Convention

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

Historic Siege

Feb 26 Vice-admiral William Bligh (of Bounty fame) ends siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad

  • Feb 28 Charles Pichegru, French army general and royalist who plotted to overthrow Napoleon in the Pichegru Conspiracy, arrested

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • Feb 5 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • Feb 6 Regnerus Livius van Andringa de Kempenaer, Dutch politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1813)

John Deere

Feb 7 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

  • Feb 8 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1834)
  • Feb 12 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
  • Feb 14 Otis Tufts, American machinist & inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1869)
  • Feb 16 Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (d. 1885)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 19 Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
  • Feb 19 David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Caesar Rodney, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • Feb 2 George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)

Joseph Priestley

Feb 6 Joseph Priestley, English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, dies at 70

Immanuel Kant

Feb 12 Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79