On This Day

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)

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Amedeo Avogadro

Aug 9 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1856)

  • 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)

Famous Deaths

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

David Hume

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