On This Day

What Happened in August 1788

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 King Louis XVI calls French States & Generals together

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • Aug 13 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90
  • Aug 17 Losantville, Ohio (now Cincinnati) founded
  • Aug 22 Sierra Leone settled by British as a haven for former slaves
  • Aug 27 Jacques Neeker named as French minister of Finance

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1853)
  • Aug 15 Carel Sirardus Willem van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director, born in Cossimbazar, British East India (d. 1856)
  • Aug 20 JosĂ© Bernardo Alcedo, Peruvian composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 1878)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Tredgold, English railway engineer and carpenter,born in Brandon, Durham, England (d. 1829)
  • Aug 25 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution), born in Harlingen, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • Aug 26 Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), dies at 61
  • Aug 8 Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Thomas Sheridan, Irish actor, biographer and lexicographer (Intelligencer), dies at approximately 69