On This Day

What Happened in August 1743

Historical Events

  • Aug 10 Earliest recorded prize fighting rules formulated
  • Aug 14 Prussian army occupies Saksen, beginning 2nd Silezian War
  • Aug 16 Champion of England titleholder Jack Broughton publishes 'Rules of the Ring' - earliest boxing code
  • Aug 17 Treaty of Åbo signed in Turku by Sweden and Russian Empire, ending the Russo-Swedish War (1741-1743)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 19 Marie Jeanne Becu, Comtesse du Barry, last mistress of Louis XV, born in Vaucouleurs, France (d. 1793)
  • Aug 26 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen and hydrogen), born in Paris, France (d. 1794)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright, dies at about 46
  • Aug 5 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (b. 1696)