On This Day

What Happened in August 1742

Historical Events

  • Aug 29 Edmond Hoyle published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestNathanael Greene

Aug 7 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Potowomut, Rhode Island (d. 1786)

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
  • Aug 14 Pius VII [Luigi Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti], Italian bishop of Imola and Pope (1800-23), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 1823)
  • Aug 14 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), born in Marseille, France (d. 1802)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 25 José António Carlos de Seixas, Portuguese composer, dies at 38