On This Day

What Happened in August 1789

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
  • Aug 4 French Revolution: The National Constituent Assembly meets and issues the first decrees that abolish centuries of feudalism in France
  • Aug 7 US Congress creates the Department of War and the United States Lighthouse Establishment
  • Aug 23 French Revolution: The National Assembly proclaims freedom of religious opinions
  • Aug 24 French Revolution: The National Assembly proclaims freedom of speech
  • Aug 26 The National Constituent Assembly adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen at the beginning of the French Revolution
  • Aug 27 French National Assembly issues the "Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen"

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Aug 28 William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 21 Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician and physicist, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • Aug 26 Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia (d. 1833)
  • Aug 28 St├ęphanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden, born in Versailles, France (d. 1860)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 25 Mary Ball Washington, mother of George, dies