On This Day

What Happened in August 1782

Historical Events

Historic Event

Aug 2 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

  • Aug 7 George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
  • Aug 14 Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies

Battle of Interest

Aug 27 Battle of the Combahee River near Beaufort, South Carolina, American abolitionist John Laurens is killed leading the charge


Famous Birthdays

Vicente Guerrero

Aug 9 Vicente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, general and 2nd President of Mexico (1829), born in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1831)

Charles Napier

Aug 10 Charles Napier, British soldier and Major General of the Bombay Army who conquered Sindh and became its Governor (1843-47), born in Whitehall Palace, London (d. 1853)

  • Aug 15 Henri de Mérode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1847)

Famous Weddings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Aug 4 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

William Blake

Aug 18 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher (19) in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London


Famous Deaths

  • Aug 29 Richard Kempenfelt, Royal Navy Admiral drowns (b. 1718)