What Happened in August 1769

Historical Events

  • Aug 18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 14 Friedrich Ludwig Dulon, flautist/composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 15 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1821)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • Aug 16 Jean Aime Vernier, composer
  • Aug 18 Alexandre Stievenard, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 23 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, born in Montbéliard, France (d. 1832)

Naturalist and Zoologist Georges Cuvier
Naturalist and Zoologist
Georges Cuvier
  • Aug 30 Bonifacio Asioli, composer/music writer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (b. 1689)
  • Aug 29 Edmond Hoyle, games expert, dies (birth date unknown)