What Happened in July 1804

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jul 11 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel

  • Jul 12 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel the previous day by Vice President Aaron Burr

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro), born in Paris, France (d. 1876)
  • Jul 4 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1890)

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Jul 4 American author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem, Massachusetts

  • Jul 10 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • Jul 14 Ludwig von Benedek, Hungarian born Austrian general (battle of Königgrätz), born in Sopron, Kingdom of Hungary Empire (d. 1881)
  • Jul 20 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1892)
  • Jul 22 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • Jul 25 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Education, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1880)
  • Jul 28 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)

Famous Deaths

Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Jul 12 US Founding Father and 1st Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), killed by Vice President Aaron Burr in pistol duel near Weehawken at 49

  • Jul 17 Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 25 William Forsyth, English gardening expert (Forsythia), dies