August 1831 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 London Bridge opens to traffic
  • Aug 2 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • Aug 8 Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgians
  • Aug 9 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)

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Aug 10 Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner
  • Aug 10 Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • Aug 12 Dutch troops conquer Leuven
  • Aug 12 Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty
  • Aug 21 Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)

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Aug 24 John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Aug 29 Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 16 Edward Payson Chapin, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Aug 16 John Jones Ross, Quebec politician (d. 1901)
  • Aug 19 Stephen Gano Burbridge, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Aug 28 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, 1st lady (1877-81)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 23 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70