What Happened in August 1819

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 1st parachute jump in US
  • Aug 6 Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States.
  • Aug 7 Battle of Boyacá; Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia
  • Aug 16 Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England: cavalry charges demonstrators.15 people killed and 400–700 injured
  • Aug 17 The Church Missionary Society establishes New Zealand's second mission station at Kerikeri

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 1 Herman Melville, author (Moby-Dick, Billy Budd),born in New York City (d. 1891)

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville
  • Aug 6 Samuel Powhatan Carter, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Aug 8 Charles Anderson Dana, Asst Secy War, (Union) (d. 1897)
  • Aug 9 William Thomas Green Morton, dentist, used ether (HOF 1920)
  • Aug 9 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)
  • Aug 12 Daniel Davidson Bidwell, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • Aug 13 George Gabriel Stokes, physicist/mathematician (spectroscope)
  • Aug 17 James Henry Van Alen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1886)
  • Aug 18 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaievna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg (d. 1876)
  • Aug 25 Allan Pinkerton, founded Chicago detective agency
  • Aug 26 Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 19 James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist (steam engine), dies at 83

Inventor, Engineer and Chemist James Watt
Inventor, Engineer and Chemist
James Watt
  • Aug 23 Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero, dies on 34th birthday