On This Day

What Happened in January 1804

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Haiti gains independence from France (National Day), making it the only state ever founded by former slaves and without slavery
  • Jan 5 Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement
  • Jan 30 Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curacao

Naval Commander William Bligh
Naval Commander
William Bligh

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGeorge Childress

Jan 8 George Childress, American lawyer & statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • Jan 12 Hippolyte Monpou, composer
  • Jan 13 Paul Gavarni, French caricaturist (d. 1866)
  • Jan 13 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator
  • Jan 14 John Park, Scottish composer & minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (d. 1865)
  • Jan 16 Karl August Krebs, composer
  • Jan 20 Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
  • Jan 21 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (d. 1887)
  • Jan 31 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Charlotte Lennox, English novelist (The Female Quixote), dies
  • Jan 15 Dru Drury, English entomologist (b. 1725)