On This Day

What Happened in August 1718

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • Aug 11 Battle of Cape Passaro: British fleet destroys Spanish off Sicily

Treaty of Interest

Aug 21 Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, Turkey and Venice sign peace treaty

  • Aug 25 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, born in Murnau, Bavaria (d. 1782)
  • Aug 11 Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 RenĂ© Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, dies at 62
  • Aug 6 Jacob F Muller [Sjako/Jaco], German Dutch thief 'the Robin Hood of Amsterdam', beheaded at 28