What Happened in August 1777

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Historical Events

  • Aug 4 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
  • Aug 16 American militiamen defeat British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont, during the American Revolutionary War
  • Aug 28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Hans Christian Oersted, Danish physicist and chemist (View of Chemical Law), born in RudkĂžbing, Denmark (d. 1851)

Physicist/Chemist Hans Oersted
Physicist/Chemist
Hans Oersted
  • Aug 14 Francis I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1830)
  • Aug 29 Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin, founder of Sinology (d. 1853)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 23 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer, dies at 77