On This Day

What Happened in August 1797

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 Emperor Francis I permits Jews who served in military in "Countries of Bohemian Crown" to marry non Jews
  • Aug 16 Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Friedrich August Kummer, German composer and musician, born in Meiningen (d. 1879)
  • Aug 9 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (discoverer of Malden Island, central Pacific), born in Putney, Surrey (d. 1855)

Person of interestMary Shelley

Aug 30 Mary Shelley, English author (Frankenstein), born in London, England (d. 1851)

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
  • Aug 12 Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 18 Josiah Spode, English potter and founder of Spode pottery works, dies at 64
  • Aug 22 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, dies at 73