On This Day

What Happened in August 1758

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg
  • Aug 14 Battle of Zorndorf: Prussia beats Russia, 1000s killed
  • Aug 29 New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Bruno Dalberg [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], Dutch writer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1818)
  • Aug 14 Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1836)
  • Aug 24 Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Schwerin, Germany (d. 1794)
  • Aug 25 Franz Teyber, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1810)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 15 Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (fotometrie), dies at 60
  • Aug 27 Barbara of Portugal [Maria Madalena Bárbara Xavier Leonor Teresa Antónia Josefa], Queen of Spain, dies at 46
  • Aug 29 Gerard Van Wage, historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal, dies at 56