"Is he, too, nothing more than human? Now he will crush the rights of man. He will become a tyrant!"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Born in 1804:
Died in 1804:
Events of 1804:
The Federalist Party is foundering. Several prominent Federalists
approach Vice-President Aaron Burr and offer to help him be elected governor
of New York. Alexander Hamilton thinks this is a terrible idea and
expresses this publicly. Burr demands an apology, and, when refused,
demands a duel, which takes place on July 11 in Weehawken, NJ. Hamilton
holds his fire but Burr does not. Hamilton is killed, and Burr loses
United States President Thomas Jefferson is easily re-elected:
The United States Navy, commanded by Stephen Decatur, bombards Tripoli
after the capture of the USF Philadelphia. A party of Marines
sneaks into Tripoli harbor and burns the Philadelphia at the docks.
Hispaniola declares its independence
(January 1) Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims the Republic of Haiti
himself as Governor-General for life. In reality Dessalines is a
(February-April) Dessalines tours Haiti, massacring most of the remaining
(October 1) Dessalines proclaims himself Emperor Jacques I.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
set off from St. Louis on their jouney westard. By the
end of the year, they have reached what is now North Dakota and build
a fort in which to spend the winter.
The British Parliament imposes a duty on imported grain, the first of the
"Corn Laws" which pitted rural English landowners against the
urban working class, and were also a major contributor to the Irish potato
famine of 1845-1848.
A horse-drawn railway connects Swansea and Oystermouth in August.
Richard Trevithick tests a steam locomotive in Wales.
The British fund French royalists to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte.
The coup attempt fails.
(March 21) Napoleon has the Duc d'Enghien kidnapped and shot.
(May 18) In the aftermath, Napoleon has himself made Emperor.
He also arranges for his relatives to be given royal titles.
(December 2) At Napoleon's coronation, he takes the crown from Pope Pius
VI and places it on his own head.
- When Beethoven hears of this, he angrigly crosses out the dedication to Napoleon on his Third ("Eroica") Symphony.
France enacts a national civil code, known today as the Code Napoleon.
Spain declares war on Great Britain.
1803 - 1804 - 1805
How they Were Made - 19th Century