On This Day

What Happened in August 1783

Historical Events

  • Aug 27 First hydrogen balloon flight (unmanned); reaches an altitude of 900m

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 7 John Heathcoat, English inventor of lace-making machinery, born in Duffield, Derbyshire (d. 1861)
  • Aug 7 Princess Amelia, youngest child of King George III of United Kingdom, born in Royal Lodge, Windsor (d. 1810)
  • Aug 9 Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, daughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia, born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire (d. 1801)
  • Aug 23 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer, born in Bristol, England (d. 1852)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Willem Bachiene, Dutch vicar, theologist, geographer and astronomer, dies at 70