What Happened in August 1808

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 21 Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3 Hamilton Fish, American politician (d. 1893)
  • Aug 9 William Thomas Ward, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d 1878)
  • Aug 10 Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer
  • Aug 19 James Nasmyth, Edinburgh, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer
  • Aug 24 Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1891)
  • Aug 26 Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Claiborne County, Mississippi (d. 1882)
  • Aug 29 Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician and reformer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • Aug 30 Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Mother of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, born in Munich (d. 1892)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 13 Henri Hardouin, French composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer, dies at 83