August 1858 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • Aug 2 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • Aug 5 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
  • Aug 11 First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
  • Aug 15 Regular mail to Pacific coast begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • Aug 17 1st bank in Hawaii opens
  • Aug 18 Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement
  • Aug 21 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • Aug 24 Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
  • Aug 26 First news dispatch by telegraph.

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist
  • Aug 1 Gaston Doumergue, French President (d. 1937)
  • Aug 2 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands
  • Aug 2 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1929), born in Nijkerk, Netherlands (d. 1930)

Physician and Nobel Laureate Christiaan Eijkman
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Christiaan Eijkman
  • Aug 16 Arthur Achleitner, German writer (d. 1927)
  • Aug 19 Edith Nesbit, England, children books author (Railway Children)
  • Aug 27 Giuseppe Peanoin Cuneo, Piemonte Italy, mathematician

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76
  • Aug 14 George Combe, phrenologist, dies