What Happened in August 1781

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Historical Events

  • Aug 1 British army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
  • Aug 5 Battle of Dogger Bank (Fourth Anglo-Dutch War): a British strategic victory, although both sides claimed to have won

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Aug 20 George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Michael Umlauf, composer
  • Aug 12 Robert Mills, American architect (Washington Monument)