On This Day

What Happened in August 1785

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman to discover a comet

Historic Expedition

Aug 1 French naval scientific expedition ordered by Louis XVI, led by La Pérouse, with 220 men departs Brest (lost in the Pacific 1888)

  • Aug 15 French cardinal De Rohan arrested

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • Aug 19 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1859)
  • Aug 20 Oliver Hazard Perry, American Naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie), born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island (d. 1819)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 14 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Trumbull, American politician and statesman, dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Cage, Mercury Fastening his Sandals), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)