On This Day

What Happened in August 1813

Historical Events


AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
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 battleVictory in Battle

Aug 27 Battle of Dresden; Napoleon defeats Austrians

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Carnot Posey, Confederate brigadier general
  • Aug 5 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet
  • 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, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 19 Josef Blazej Smrcek, composer, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Jan Krtitel Vanhal, composer, 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, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 26 Karl Theodor Korner, German poet (Vetter aus Bremen), dies at 21