What Happened in August 1781

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Historical Events

  • Aug 1 British army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
  • Aug 5 Battle of Dogger Bank (Fourth Anglo-Dutch War): a British strategic victory, although both sides claimed to have won

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Aug 20 George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Aug 30 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Michael Umlauf, composer
  • Aug 12 Robert Mills, US, architect (Washington Monument)