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The Coronation at Notre Dame (1804) (painting by Jacques-Louis David 1805–1807)
Coronation of Emperor Napoleon : Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself
in the Notre Dame de Paris to the Emperor of the French .
Franz I with the insignia of the Austrian Empire, Friedrich Amerling, 1832
Franz II / I.
founds the
Austrian Empire .
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims himself
Emperor of Haiti .
1804 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1252/53 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1796/97 (September 10-11)
Bengali solar calendar 1209/10 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2347/48 (southern Buddhism); 2346/47 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 74./75. (75./76.) Cycle

Year of the Wood Rat甲子 ( at the beginning of the year Water Pig癸亥)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1166/67 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4137/38 (October 2/3)
French revolutionary calendar Year XII./XIII. of the Republic (September 21/22)
Iranian calendar 1182/83
Islamic calendar 1218/19 (turn of the year 11/12 April)
Jewish calendar 5564/65 (September 5-6)
Coptic calendar 1520/21 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 979/980
Seleucid era Babylon: 2114/15 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2115/16 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1860/61 (April)


Politics and world events

France / Holy Roman Empire

The execution of the Duke of Enghien (painting by Jean-Paul Laurens , 1873)
First edition of the Civil Code from 1804, first page

Great Britain / Spain

Naval battle of October 5, 1804


Eastern Europe

Seal of Karađorđe in the first Serbian uprising
  • February 14 : The first Serbian uprising against Ottoman rule, led by Karađorđe , begins with the setting on fire of a caravanserai . Soon afterwards the cities of Požarevac and Valjevo were conquered and the siege of Belgrade began . Sultan Selim III. immediately begins negotiations with the rebels without achieving a result. In Constantinople they fear an expansion of the uprising to other occupied territories and send the Bosnian Pasha Bećiru with 3,000 men to Belgrade. The Pasha appoints 20 Serbs as princes in order to meet the demands of the rebels. Ultimately, however, the negotiations fail and the Sultan begins a military operation against the insurrection.



United States of America

The route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back
Duel Burrs against Alexander Hamilton
Electoral votes per state



  • William Blackwood founds the bookstore and printer Blackwood & Sons in Edinburgh with a branch in London.

science and technology

Trevithicks locomotive from 1804


First print of Wilhelm Tell with colored copper engraving as a frontispiece



January February

March April

May June

July August

Ludwig Feuerbach

September October

Wilhelm Eduard Weber, 1856

November December

Franklin Pierce
Benjamin Disraeli

Exact date of birth unknown


First half of the year

Joseph Priestley, 1801
Immanuel Kant

Second half of the year

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