Birthdays in History in August 1820

  • Aug 2 John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • Aug 3 William Miller, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • Aug 8 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • Aug 12 Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • Aug 13 George Grove, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • Aug 13 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet (Dietsche Warande)
  • Aug 16 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
  • Aug 26 James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)