What Happened in August 1855

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants
  • Aug 3 Rotterdam-Gouda railway opens
  • Aug 4 John Bartlett publishes "Familiar Quotations"
  • Aug 9 Battle of Acapulco during Mexican Liberal uprising

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 3 Joe Hunter, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1891)
  • Aug 11 John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)
  • Aug 18 Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner, born in Devonport, Devon, England (d. 1942)
  • Aug 31 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), dies at 53
  • Aug 16 Henry Colburn, British publisher ( Pepys's Diary) (b. 1784)
  • Aug 27 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, composer, dies at 36