On This Day

What Happened in August 1751

Historical Events

  • Aug 24 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning a supposed witch

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 George Frideric Handel completes oratorio "Jephtha"

  • Aug 31 British troops under Sir Robert Clive occupy Arcot, India

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 7 Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (1767-1806), born in Berlin (d. 1820)
  • Aug 12 Johann Baptist Lasser, composer
  • Aug 21 Johann Georg Witthauer, German composer, born in Neustadt near Coburg (d. 1802)
  • Aug 23 Louis-Francois Beffara, French lexicographer, born in Nonancourt, France (d. 1838)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 30 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)