On This Day

What Happened in August 1689

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France
  • Aug 21 Battle of Dunkeld fought in Scotland between supporters of King James VII of Scotland and troops of William of Orange
  • Aug 25 Battle at Charleroi: Spanish & English armies chase French
  • Aug 25 Montreal taken by Iroquois
  • Aug 27 The Treaty of Nerchinsk is signed by Russia and the Qing empire

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 19 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), born in Mackworth, Derbyshire, England (d. 1761)
  • Aug 21 José Pradas Gallén, Spanish composer, born in Villahermosa del Río, Spain (d. 1757)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 12 Innocent XI, [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, Pope (1676-89), dies at 78
  • Aug 21 William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
  • Aug 28 Claude-Jean Allouez, French Jesuit missionary and explorer, dies at 67