What Happened in August 1785

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
  • Aug 15 French cardinal De Rohan arrested

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Thomas De Quincey, England, writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater)
  • Aug 19 Seth Thomas, American pioneer in mass production of clocks
  • Aug 23 Oliver Hazard Perry, US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 14 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies
  • Aug 21 Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon), dies
  • Aug 26 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)