What Happened in August 1776

Historical Events

United States Declaration of Independence

Aug 2 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)

Event of Interest

Aug 10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

  • Aug 27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • Aug 29 Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
  • Aug 30 Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
1776 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Wenzel Sedlak, Bohemian clarinetist and composer, born in Jezbořice, Bohemia (d. 1851)

Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1856)

Aug 9 Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy

  • Aug 15 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1812)
  • Aug 15 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1841)
  • Aug 16 Philipp Jakob Riotte, German composer, born in St. Wendel, Saarland (d. 1856)
Born in 1776

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, dies at 58

David Hume (1711-1776)

Aug 25 Scottish philosopher and historian (A Treatise of Human Nature), dies of abdominal cancer at 65