What Happened in August 1787

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Swiss alpine explorer Horace Bénédict de Saussure becomes the third person to reach the top of Mont Blanc
  • Aug 6 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution

Music History

Aug 10 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (A Little Serenade)

  • Aug 16 Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787-92)
  • Aug 17 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
  • Aug 22 John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
  • Aug 24 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his violin and piano sonata in A, K526

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 24 James Weddell, British sailor and Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1834)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Isaac de Pinto, Dutch merchant (Dutch East India Company), and scholar, dies at 70