What Happened in August 1851

Historical Events

  • Aug 12 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • Aug 12 American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine
  • Aug 22 Gold fields discovered in Australia
  • Aug 22 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 3 Isabella Caroline Somerset, temperance leader
  • Aug 13 John Lincoln Clem, Drummer (Union volunteers), (d. 1937)
  • Aug 13 Felix Adler, German-born educator (d. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 14 Doc Holliday, American gambler, dentist and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 1887)

Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • Aug 15 [Georgette A] Helena Amelung, Dutch actress (Scapegoat)
  • Aug 17 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist/evangelist
  • Aug 19 Frans Schollaert, Belgian premier (1908-11)
  • Aug 19 Charles Hires, American Inventor and Manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 24 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (d. 1924)
  • Aug 25 [Willem] Alexander KHF, prince of Orange/Netherlands
  • Aug 29 Willem M d'Ablaing, Dutch lawyer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • Aug 11 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (b. 1779)
  • Aug 19 Gioseffo Catrufo, composer, dies at 80