On This Day

What Happened in August 1740

Historical Events

  • Aug 13 Hunger strike in Rotterdam

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 10 Samuel Arnold, composer
  • Aug 15 Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
  • Aug 23 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1764)
  • Aug 26 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French aeronaut (ballooning)