On This Day

What Happened in August 1813

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Aug 12 Robert Southey is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George III

  • Aug 14 British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus
  • Aug 19 Gervasio Antonio de Posadas joins Argentina's second triumvirate
  • Aug 23 Battle of Grossbeeren - Prussians under Von Bulow repulse French

Victory in Battle

Aug 27 Battle of Dresden; Napoleon defeats Austrians

  • Aug 30 Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Carnot Posey, American Confederate brigadier general, born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi (d. 1863)
  • Aug 5 Ivar Aasen, Norwegian linguist and poet, born in Ørsten, Norway (d. 1896)
  • Aug 10 William Henry Fry, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • Aug 15 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, born in Mont-sous-Vaudrey, France (d. 1891)
  • Aug 18 Benjamin Alvord, American scientist and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1884)
  • Aug 21 Jean Stas, Belgian chemist, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • Aug 26 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle of Guilder Tracks)
  • Aug 30 Princess Mathilde Caroline of Bavaria, eldest daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1862)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 11 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), dies at 68
  • Aug 19 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, German composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 19 Josef Blazej Smrcek, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Jan Krtitel Vanhal, Czech organist, cellist, and composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 20 Johann Baptist Wanhal [Jan Křtitel Vaňhal], Czech organist, cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Queen consort of Sweden, dies at 67
  • Aug 23 Alexander Wilson, Scottish ornithologist and naturalist, dies at 47
  • Aug 26 Daniel Gottlob Turk, German composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 26 Karl Theodor Korner, German poet (Vetter aus Bremen), dies at 21