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August 1754 in History

Birthdays in History

Pierre Charles L'Enfant

Aug 2 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

  • Aug 18 Fran├žois, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (d. 1833)
  • Aug 21 William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (oscillating cylinder steam engine), born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • Aug 21 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (Waxhaws Massacre), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1833)

Louis XVI

Aug 23 Louis XVI, King of France (1774-93) eventually guillotined, born in Versailles, Yvelines, France (d. 1793)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 14 Maria Anna of Austria, Archduchess of Austria and Queen consort of Portugal, dies at 70