Historical Events in August 1858

  • Aug 2 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • Aug 2 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • Aug 5 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
  • Aug 11 First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
  • Aug 15 Regular mail to Pacific coast begins

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Aug 16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • Aug 17 1st bank in Hawaii opens
  • Aug 18 Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement
  • Aug 21 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • Aug 24 Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
  • Aug 26 First news dispatch by telegraph.