On This Day

Birthdays in History in August 1740

  • Aug 15 Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
  • Aug 23 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1764)
  • Aug 26 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French aeronaut (ballooning)