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"

Historic Discovery

Aug 28 William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, born in Montmédy, France (d. 1856)
  • Aug 21 Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician and physicist, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • Aug 26 Abbas Mirza, Crown Prince of Qājār dynasty of Iran, introduced Western military techniques, born in Nava, Mazandaran (d. 1833)
  • Aug 28 Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden, born in Versailles, France (d. 1860)

Famous Deaths

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