What Happened in August 1798

Historical Events

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 1 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson attacks and decimates the French fleet at Aboukir Bay off the Nile Delta, Egypt

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • Aug 2 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson further decimates the French fleet
  • Aug 3 Battle of the Nile: British Admiral Horatio Nelson forces the remnants of the French fleet to surrender, concluding a decisive victory for the British who capture or destroy 11 French ships of the line and 2 frigates
  • Aug 22 French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion.
  • Aug 27 Battle of Castlebar, Ireland: French army and Irish rebels rout a larger the British force

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Sangolli Rayanna, prominent Indian warrior, born in Karnataka, India
  • Aug 21 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France, L'Amour)
  • Aug 28 Gershom Jaques Van Brunt, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Fran├žois-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • Aug 7 Johann Gottlieb Sollner, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 15 Felice Alessandri, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 21 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • Aug 24 Thomas Alcock, English clergyman (b. 1709)
  • Aug 28 James Wilson, Scot/US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 55