On This Day

August 1741 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 15 French troops attack the Rhine
  • Aug 20 Alaska first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering at head of Russian expedition

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 23 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer (led 1785 voyage of discovery), born in Albi, France (d. c. 1788?)
  • Aug 25 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, born in Bischofswerda, Germany (d. 1792)
  • Aug 31 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general, born in Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina (d. 1834)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • Aug 31 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist, dies at 59