On This Day

What Happened in August 1781

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 Battle of Dogger Bank (Fourth Anglo-Dutch War): a British strategic victory, although both sides claimed to have won

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)
  • Aug 12 Robert Mills, American architect (Washington Monument)