What Happened in August 1865

Historical Events


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Aug 2 Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • Aug 2 Trans Atlantic Cable being laid by SS Great Eastern snaps & is lost
  • Aug 12 Joseph Lister performs 1st antiseptic surgery
  • Aug 15 Battle of Lone Jack, Missouri
  • Aug 16 Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation.

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Aug 20 President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to "insurrection" in Texas

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • Aug 22 William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Irving Babbitt, US writer (Rousseau & Romanticism)
  • Aug 2 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • Aug 4 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (d. 1890)
  • Aug 10 Alexander K Glazunov, composer (Chopiniana), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Aug 14 Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician (d. 1952)
  • Aug 15 Johan[nes] B Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga)
  • Aug 15 Usui Mikao, Japanese founder of Reiki (d. 1926)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (d. 1911)
  • Aug 22 Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda (Eucharistic Crusade)
  • Aug 24 Ferdinand I VAM, king of Romania
  • Aug 27 Charles Gates Dawes, (R) 30th VP (1925-29, Nobel 1925)
  • Aug 27 James Henry Breasted, American Egyptologist (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 12 William Jackson Hooker, botanist, dies
  • Aug 13 Ignaz Semmelweis, gynecologist, dies at 47
  • Aug 17 Johann Nepomuk Poissl, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 17 Mosby Munroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, dies in battle at 42
  • Aug 26 Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73
  • Aug 26 Marcellus Monroe Crocker, US attorney/Union brig-general, dies at 35
  • Aug 27 Jozef Nowakowski, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 29 John Brough, US publisher/(gov-R-Ohio), dies at about 54