1804 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1804 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- Monarch – George III
- Prime Minister – Henry Addington (Tory) (until 10 May), William Pitt the Younger (Tory) (starting 10 May)
- 21 February – the Cornishman Richard Trevithick's newly built "Penydarren" steam locomotive operates on the Merthyr Tramroad between Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil and Abercynon in South Wales, following several trials since 13 February, the world's first locomotive to work on rails.
- 7 March
- 2 April – forty merchant vessels are wrecked when a convoy led by HMS Apollo runs aground off Portugal.
- 5 April – High Possil meteorite, the first recorded meteorite to fall in Scotland in modern times, falls at Possil.
- 26 April – Henry Addington resigns as Prime Minister.
- 10 May – William Pitt the younger begins his second term as Prime Minister.
- 12 December – Spain declares war on Britain.
- 21 December – Rochdale Canal opens, the first to cross the Pennines.
- William Blake writes Milton: a Poem including the poem And did those feet in ancient time.
- William Wordsworth writes I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
- Early February – James Bronterre O'Brien, Irish-born Chartist leader, reformer and journalist (died 1864)
- 4 April – Andrew Nicholl, Irish-born painter (died 1886)
- 21 December – Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister (died 1881)
- 4 January – Charlotte Lennox, author and poet (born 1727)
- 15 January – Dru Drury, entomologist (born 1725)
- 6 February – Joseph Priestley, chemist (born 1733)
- 4 August – Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan, Scottish-born admiral (born 1731)
- 23 November – Richard Graves, writer (born 1715)
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