On This Day

What Happened in August 1673

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
  • Aug 9 Dutch under Admiral Cornelis Evertsen de Jonge recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • Aug 21 Sea battle at Kijkduin: De Ruyter defeats English & French fleet

Historic Event

Aug 21 King Louis XIV donates 600 books to found the library of L'Académie française

  • Aug 30 Leopold I, Spain, Netherlands & Lutherans form anti-French covenant

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 8 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • Aug 11 Richard Mead, physician, born in London, England
  • Aug 28 Conrad Michael Schneider, German composer, born in Anspach (d. 1752) [or 26 August]

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 17 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, dies of possible suicide at 32
  • Aug 21 Isaac Sweers, Dutch fleet admiral/Civil rights activist, dies at 51
  • Aug 21 John de Love I, vice-admiral, dies in sea battle at about 54