August 1776 in history

August 1776 events chronologically

Aug 2 The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place
Aug 10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London
Aug 27 Battle of Long Island: In what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1776

Aug 1 Archibald Acheson 2nd Earl of Gosford a British politician who served as Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada and Governor General of British North America in the 19th century.
Aug 2 Friedrich Stromeyer a German chemist. Stromeyer received an MD degree from the University of Göttingen in 1800, studying under Johann Friedrich Gmelin and Louis Nicolas Vauquelin. He was then a professor at the university, and also served as an inspector of apothecaries
Aug 4 Pierre-Simon Ballanche a French writer and counterrevolutionary philosopher, who elaborated a theology of progress that possessed considerable influence in French literary circles in the beginning of the nineteenth century. He was the ninth member elected to occupy seat 4 of the Académie française in 1842
Aug 9 Amedeo Avogadro an Italian scientist. He is most noted for his contributions to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law. In tribute to him, the number of elementary entities in 1 mole of a substance, 6.02214179×1023, is known as the Avogadro constant, one of the seven SI base units and represented by NA
Aug 15 Ignaz von Seyfried an Austrian musician, conductor and composer. He was born and died in Vienna. According to a statement in his handwritten memoirs he was a pupil of both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Albrechtsberger. He published Albrechtsberger's complete written works after his death. His own pupils included Franz von Suppé, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Antonio Casimir Cartellieri, Joseph Fischhof and Eduard Marxsen
Aug 23 Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński a Polish Messianist philosopher who worked in many fields of knowledge, not only as philosopher but also as mathematician, physicist, inventor, lawyer, and economist. He was born Hoene but changed his name in 1815
Aug 27 Barthold Georg Niebuhr a Danish-German statesman and historian who became Germany's leading historian of Ancient Rome and a founding father of modern scholarly historiography. Classical Rome caught the admiration of German thinkers. By 1810 Niebuhr was inspiring German patriotism in students at the University of Berlin by his analysis of Roman economics and government. Historians generally view Niebuhr as a leader of the Romantic Era and symbol of German national spirit that emerged after the defeat at Jena. But he was also deeply rooted in the classical spirit of the Age of Enlightenment in his intellectual presuppositions, his use of philologic analysis, and his emphasis on both general and particular phenomena in history

Died in August 1776

Aug 2 Louis François Prince of Conti a French nobleman, who was the Prince of Conti from 1727 to his death, following his father Louis Armand His mother was Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon, a natural granddaughter of Louis XIV. As a member of the reigning House of Bourbon, he was a Prince du Sang
Aug 25 David Hume a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist known especially for his philosophical empiricism and scepticism. He was one of the most important figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, and in the history of Western philosophy. He is the philosopher who is "widely regarded as the greatest who has ever written in the English language." Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist
Aug 25 Germain-François Poullain de Saint-Foix a French writer and playwright.