On This Day

What Happened in August 1799

Historical Events

  • Aug 13 British fleet under Lord Seymour overthrows Suriname

Historic Event

Aug 23 Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.

  • Aug 27 British invasion army lands in North Holland
  • Aug 30 Batavian fleet surrenders to British

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Olof Wilhelm Uddén, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1868)
  • Aug 11 Joachim de Barrande, French paleontologist/geologist
  • Aug 20 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, born in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor (1st hot air balloon), dies at 54
  • Aug 5 Richard Howe, British admiral, dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 John Bacon, English sculptor, dies at 58
  • Aug 15 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), dies at 70
  • Aug 16 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, German composer, dies at 37

Pius VI

Aug 29 Pope Pius VI [Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi], Italian Pope (1775-99), dies at 71

  • Aug 31 Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (b. 1720)