On This Day

What Happened in August 1691

Historical Events

  • Aug 16 Yorktown, Virginia founded
  • Aug 19 Battle at Slankamen: "the Bloodiest battle of the Century" Austrian Hapsburg force defeats Ottoman army, killing Grand Vizer Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha

Historic Event

Aug 26 Charles Perrault's poem "The Marquise of Salusses or the Patience of Griselidis" read aloud at the French Academy, later attached to his "Tales of Mother Goose" (1697)


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 25 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1736)
  • Aug 28 Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1750)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 14 Richard Talbot, 1st Earl of Tyrconnel, Irish rebel (b. 1630)
  • Aug 19 Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, Turkish grand vizer, dies in the Battle of Slankamen (b. 1637)