What Happened in August 1778

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 Teatro alla Scala opens in Milan
  • Aug 9 Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering straits
  • Aug 26 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • Aug 31 British kill 17 Stockbridge indians in Bronx during Revolution

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 11 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, founder of turnverein (gymnastics) movement
  • Aug 12 Francis Horner, politician
  • Aug 20 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chillán, Chile, South American independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule (1817-1823 Supreme Director of Chile)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 8 Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (34) weds Marie Anne Rosalie Delaporte

French Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
French Naturalist
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Pierre de Rigaud, French colonial governor in North America (b. 1698)
  • Aug 5 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • Aug 5 Charles Clémencet, French historian (b. 1703)
  • Aug 11 Augustus Montague Toplady, hymn writer (Rock of Ages), dies
  • Aug 12 Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, British general and politician (b. 1714)
  • Aug 28 Jacob Wallenberg, Swedish writer/shipminister, dies