On This Day

What Happened in August 1791

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Samuel Briggs and his son granted US patent for a nail-making machine
  • Aug 4 The Treaty of Sistova is signed, ending the Ottoman-Habsburg wars

United States Declaration of Independence

Aug 19 Benjamin Banneker sends a copy of his Almanac and writes a letter to Thomas Jefferson criticizing his pro-slavery stance and requesting justice for African Americans using language from the Declaration of Independence

  • Aug 22 Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • Aug 26 John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat
  • Aug 30 HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day, on her return from her search for the Bounty and the mutineers who had taken her

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 16 Charles-Fran├žois de Broglie, French soldier and diplomat, marquis de Ruffec, dies at 61
  • Aug 25 Pietro Domenico Paradisi, composer, dies