What Happened in August 1786

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
  • Aug 8 US Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money
  • Aug 8 Jacques Balmat & Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc
  • Aug 11 Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
  • Aug 29 Shay's Rebellion in Springfield, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Louis C Luzac, judge/Dutch Internal minister

Person of interestDavy Crockett

Aug 17 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, born in Greene County, Tennessee (d. 1836)

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett
  • Aug 17 Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, mother of Queen Victoria (d. 1861)
  • Aug 25 [Charles] Louis I, (Augustus), King of Bavaria (Lola Montez)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 Friedrich Schwindl, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 16 Henri-Jacques de Croes, Flemish composer/bandmaster, dies at 80

Person of interestFrederick the Great

Aug 17 Frederick II (the Great), King of Prussia (1740-86)/composer, dies at 74

King of Prussia Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Frederick the Great