On This Day

What Happened in August 1774

Historical Events

Oxygen Discovered!

Aug 1 English chemist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen by isolating it in its gaseous state

Historic Event

Aug 6 Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY

  • Aug 10 1st Surinam newspaper (1st Wednesday Suriname) begins publishing

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 12 Robert Southey, English writer (The Story of the Three Bears), Poet Laureate (1813-43) and biographer (Nelson), born in Bristol, England (d. 1843)

Meriwether Lewis

Aug 18 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, born in Ivy, Virginia (d. 1809)

Elizabeth Ann Seton

Aug 28 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint (1975), born in NYC, New York (d. 1821)


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 11 Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (b. 1722)
  • Aug 14 Johann Jakob Reiske, German physician (b. 1716)
  • Aug 25 Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer, dies at 59