On This Day

What Happened in August 1798

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 1 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson attacks and decimates the French fleet at Aboukir Bay off the Nile Delta, Egypt

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • Aug 2 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson further decimates the French fleet
  • Aug 3 Battle of the Nile: British Admiral Horatio Nelson forces the remnants of the French fleet to surrender, concluding a decisive victory for the British who capture or destroy 11 French ships of the line and 2 frigates

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 French troops land in Kilcummin harbour in County Mayo, Ireland, to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion

Irish Republican and Revolutionary Wolfe Tone
Irish Republican and Revolutionary
Wolfe Tone
  • Aug 27 Battle of Castlebar, Ireland: French army and Irish rebels rout a larger the British force

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 15 Sangolli Rayanna, Indian military chief warrior, born in Karnataka, India (d. 1831)
  • Aug 21 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France, L'Amour), born in Paris (d. 1874)
  • Aug 28 Gershom Jaques Van Brunt, U.S. Army (Union Navy), born in Monmouth County, New Jersey (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • Aug 7 Johann Gottlieb Sollner, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 15 Felice Alessandri, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 21 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
  • Aug 24 Thomas Alcock, English clergyman (b. 1709)
  • Aug 28 James Wilson, One of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, dies at 55