On This Day

What Happened in August 1704

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 English/Dutch fleet under Rooke/Callenburgh occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 4 War of Spanish Succession, English and Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 13 Battle of Blenheim (Second Battle of Höchstädt): A combined British, German and Dutch army led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, decisively beats the French and Bavarians
  • Aug 24 Battle of Málaga: largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession; Tactically indecisive but a Grand Alliance strategic victory

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestWilliam Allen

Aug 5 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • Aug 13 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1793)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 14 Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)