On This Day

What Happened in August 1741

Historical Events

  • Aug 15 French troops attack the Rhine
  • Aug 20 Alaska first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering at head of Russian expedition

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Thomas Norris, English composer (d. 1790)
  • Aug 23 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer, born in Albi, France (d. 1788)
  • Aug 25 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, born in Bischofswerda, Germany (d. 1792)
  • Aug 31 Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer, born in Freystadt, Germany (d. 1816)
  • Aug 31 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general, born in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (d. 1834)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • Aug 31 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, dies at 59