August 1844 in History

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church following the death of Joseph Smith

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • Aug 29 1st white-indian lacrosse game in Montreal, Indians win

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 6 Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1900)
  • Aug 7 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist (d. 1911)
  • Aug 17 Menelik II, King of Ethiopia (1896-1913)
  • Aug 22 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer whose disastrous expedition provided evidence to support the theory of trans-Arctic oceanic drift, born in New York City
  • Aug 29 Edward Carpenter, English poet (d. 1929)
  • Aug 30 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman (b. 1773)
  • Aug 11 Jernej Kopitar, filmologist/censor (Slavic Grammatica), dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Henry Francis Cary, translator (Dante), dies
  • Aug 29 Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish founder of the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (b. 1762)
  • Aug 30 Francis Baily, English astronomer/mathematician (Baily's Beads), dies