On This Day

What Happened in August 1770

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Aug 22 James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestWilliam Clark

Aug 1 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia (d. 1838)

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • Aug 3 Frederik Willem III, King of Prussia (1797-1840), born in Potsdam, Prussia (d. 1840)
  • Aug 27 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher and inventor (dialectic), born in Stuttgart, W├╝rttemberg (d. 1831)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 24 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Revenge), dies at 17
  • Aug 26 Domingos dos Reis Quita, Portuguese playwright/poet, dies at 42