On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1808

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley

1808 Highlights

About August 21, 1808

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 212 years, 5 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Leo