What Happened in August 1776

Historical Events

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

Aug 2 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)

  • Aug 10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
  • Aug 27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • Aug 29 Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
  • Aug 30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Wenzel Sedlak, composer

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Aug 9 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1856)

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Amedeo Avogadro
  • Aug 15 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten)
  • Aug 15 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer
  • Aug 16 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Louis Fran├žois I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (b. 1717)

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Aug 25 David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65

Philosopher David Hume
David Hume