What Happened in August 1869

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st voyage down Colorado River
  • Aug 10 O B Brown patents moving picture projector

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Aug 12 Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • Aug 15 The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.
  • Aug 16 Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • Aug 17 1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard)
  • Aug 23 1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in SF, from Boston
  • Aug 24 Cornelius Swarthout patents stove-top waffle iron

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Randle Ayrton, Chester England, actor (Manxman)
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Binyon, poet (Symbolic Wounds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 14 Edvard Armas Jornefelt, Vyborg Finland, composer (Berceuse)
  • Aug 23 Edgar Lee Masters, poet/novelist (Spoon River Anthology)
  • Aug 23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, SF mayor (1912-31), MUNI backer
  • Aug 27 Karl Haushofer, soldier/geographer
  • Aug 31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
  • Aug 26 Henri Leys, Flemish painter, dies at 54
  • Aug 31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)