On This Day

What Happened in August 1699

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Aug 6 HMS Roebuck, captained by William Dampier, lands at Shark Bay, Western Australia on the first British scientific expedition to Australia

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 10 Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer
  • Aug 13 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Queen of Portugal as the wife of King Peter II from 1687-99), dies at 32
  • Aug 19 José Saenz d'Aguirre, Spanish cardinal, dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Christian V, King of Denmark and Norway, dies at 53