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

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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

  • Aug 19 James Watt, Scottish inventor (b. 1736)
  • Aug 23 Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero, dies on 34th birthday