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Events in History

  • Aug 1 Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.

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Aug 18 United States Exploring Expedition headed by Charles Wilkes departs for the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
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Charles Wilkes
  • Aug 23 Mt Holyoke Female Seminary (South Hadley, Mass) 1st graduating class

Deaths in History

  • Aug 19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57