What Happened in August 1856

Historical Events

  • Aug 6 The Great Bell is cast in the Great Clock of Westminster (Big Ben)
  • Aug 10 Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana
  • Aug 12 Anthony Fass patents accordion
  • Aug 20 Wilberforce University forms in Ohio
  • Aug 21 America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 George Coulthard, Former Australian rules footballer and cricketer (d. 1883)
  • Aug 3 Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1919)
  • Aug 10 Paul Geisler, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Edward L. Doheny, American oil tycoon, born in Fond du lac, Wisconsin

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny
  • Aug 12 "Diamond Jim" Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  • Aug 15 J Keir Hardie, 1st Labour representative in British Parliament
  • Aug 17 Violet Paget, [Vernon Lee], British author (Satan the master)
  • Aug 18 Charles Hutchison Gabriel, composer
  • Aug 18 Jan Karol Gali, composer
  • Aug 20 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet/interpreter (Laodania) [NS Sept 1]
  • Aug 20 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer (d. 1909)
  • Aug 24 Felix Mottl, Austrian conductor and composer (Agnes Bernauer), born in Unter Sankt Veit, (d. 1911)
  • Aug 27 Iwan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, born in Nahuievychi, Galicia (d. 1916)
  • Aug 30 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German physicist (d. 1927)
  • Aug 31 Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Johann Gottlieb Schneider, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 5 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • Aug 14 William Buckland, dean (Westminster)/geologist, dies
  • Aug 14 Constant Prévost, French geologist (b. 1787)
  • Aug 19 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French Chemist, dies at 39
  • Aug 20 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 21 Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 29 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer (b. 1778)
  • Aug 30 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)