August 7, 1679
The Griffon, the first ship on the Great Lakes, sailed out of the Niagara River into Lake Erie.
August 29, 1779
Tories and Indians were defeated at the Battle of Newtown by Generals John Sullivan and James Clinton.
August 17, 1807
Aug. 17-21, 1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat, Clermont, traveled up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany and back again.
August 12, 1851
Isaac Singer patented the first continuous stictch treadle sewing machine.
August 19, 1856
Gail Borden secured a patent for the commercial production of condensed milk, a process he had developed in New Lebanon Shaker Village and one that marked the beginning of the processed food industry.
August 17, 1859
Blondin crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
The Chautauqua Institution was founded to instruct and inspire Sunday school teachers.
August 21, 1878
The American Bar Association was organized at Saratoga Springs.
August 11, 1914
John Bray of New York City patented the American cartoon technique. He portrayed a dog eating sausages until it exploded.
August 20, 1930
Home TV reception was first demonstrated in New York City.
August 10, 1954
The Saint Lawrence Seaway hydroelectric power project began.