On This Day

August 1809 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 8 70 disciples of Gaon of Vilnius, arrive in Palestine
  • Aug 10 Area of Quinto is the first to declare itself independent of Spain in Latin America, though put down by the Spanish after 24 day (now Ecuador's National Day)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 William B. Travis, American lawyer and soldier (Battle of the Alamo), born in Saluda County, South Carolina. (d. 1836)
  • Aug 1 William Barret Travis, American lawyer and soldier (commander at Battle of the Alamo), born in Saluda County, South Carolina (d. 1836)

Alfred Tennyson

Aug 6 Alfred Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain (Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)

  • Aug 27 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), born in Paris, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • Aug 29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 12 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • Aug 30 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies