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May 1804 in History

Events in History

  • May 6 Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

May 10 British Prime Minister Henry Addington resigns, replaced by William Pitt the Younger

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

May 14 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Birthdays in History

  • May 1 Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov, Russian poet, born in Moscow (d. 1860) [NS 13/05]
  • May 5 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • May 12 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • May 16 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator, founder of first English-language kindergarten in the US, born in Billerica, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • May 17 Ottho Gerhard Heldring, Dutch preacher and reformer (Heldring Institutions), born in Zevenaar, Netherlands (d. 1876)
  • May 22 John William Livingston, American Commander (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1885)

Deaths in History

  • May 24 Simon Style, Fries medical/writer, dies at 73