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

  • Aug 1 William Barret Travis, American lawyer and soldier (commander at Battle of the Alamo), born in Saluda County, South Carolina (d. 1836)

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

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

  • Aug 27 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), born in Paris, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 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, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • Aug 30 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies