On This Day

What Happened in August 1744

Famous Birthdays

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Aug 1 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), born in Paris, France (d. 1829)

  • Aug 10 "Fanfan" Alexandrine-Jeanne d'Étiolles, daughter of the courtesan Madame de Pompadour, born in Paris, France (d. 1754)
  • Aug 11 Johann Gottlieb Schwencke, German bassoonist, born in Breitenau, Saxony (now Germany) (d. 1823)
  • Aug 12 Rowland Hill, preacher
  • Aug 25 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, born in Morąg, Poland (d. 1803)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (George Frideric Handel) (b. 1673)
  • Aug 13 John Cruger, Dutch-born Mayor of New York (b. 1678)
  • Aug 19 Carlo Arrigoni, Italian composer and musician, dies at 46