Historical Events in August 1870

  • Aug 1 Irish Land Act gives rights to tenants of landlords in Ireland.
  • Aug 2 Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • Aug 4 British Red Cross Society forms
  • Aug 6 Battle at Spicheren: Prussia beats France
  • Aug 6 White conservatives capture the Tennessee legislature by suppressing the black vote
  • Aug 8 Magic (US) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup
  • Aug 8 The Republic of Ploie┼čti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • Aug 15 Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn't an optical illusion
  • Aug 17 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington
  • Aug 17 Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st US woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • Aug 18 Battle at Gravelotte Privat: Prussia beat France, 32,000 casualties
  • Aug 24 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.