On This Day

What Happened in August 1784

Historical Events

  • Aug 13 British parliament accepts East India Company Act 1784, bringing the East India Company's rule in India under the control of the British Government.
  • Aug 23 Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 14 Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal and diplomat, born in Rome (d. 1845)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian Conventual Franciscan friar and composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 6 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, dies at 57
  • Aug 10 Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter, dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, dies at 66

Junípero Serra

Aug 28 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, dies at 70