What Happened in August 1848

Historical Events

  • Aug 9 Austria & Sardinia sign cease fire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 US Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Aug 14 Oregon Territory created
  • Aug 15 M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair
  • Aug 18 Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas
  • Aug 22 The United States annexes New Mexico

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • Aug 12 Macellus Emants, Dutch writer/poet (Along the Nile)
  • Aug 19 Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding design/painter (Rue de Paris)
  • Aug 22 Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (d. 1929)
  • Aug 30 Andrew Onderdonk, Canadian railway contractor (d. 1905)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Inventor Samuel Morse (57) weds Sarah Elizabeth Griswold in Utica, New York

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Soldier and later US President Ulysses Grant (26) marries Julia Dent

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (b. 1779)
  • Aug 9 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Guage), dies of pleurisy at 67

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Aug 15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88