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

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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, American loyalist, Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1780)

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)