What Happened in August 1809

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnius, arrive in Palestine
  • Aug 10 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

Aug 6 Alfred Lord Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain, born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)

  • Aug 9 William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo
  • Aug 21 Francesco Schira, composer
  • Aug 27 Hannibal Hamlin, (R) 15th VP (1861-65)
  • Aug 29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • Aug 30 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 12 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal (b. 1738)
  • Aug 18 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • Aug 30 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies