What Happened in August 1854

Historical Events

  • Aug 4 The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.
  • Aug 8 Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Aug 24 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland
  • Aug 29 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Francis Marion Crawford, British author
  • Aug 3 Fernand de La Tombelle, composer
  • Aug 10 J Scott Lidgett, theologist, born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
  • Aug 12 Johannes P Kelly, Dutch [Kellij], actor/operetta writer
  • Aug 22 Milan I, King of Serbia
  • Aug 23 Moritz Moszkowski, composer
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer
  • Aug 26 Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 Frederik Augustus II, king of Saxon (1836-54), dies at 57
  • Aug 11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (b. 1798)
  • Aug 16 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Friedrich WJ von Schelling, German philosopher, dies at 79