August 1879 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Aeterni Patris
  • Aug 7 The opening of the Poor Man's Palace in Manchester.
  • Aug 17 Ferdinand de Lesseps forms French Panama Canal Company
  • Aug 20 Government Kappeijne of Coppello resigns
  • Aug 21 The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
  • Aug 23 Governor-general Charles Gordon of Sudan returns to Cairo

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 6 Joseph Wirth, German politician (Stalin Peace Prize)
  • Aug 8 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • Aug 8 Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • Aug 18 Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (d. 1970)
  • Aug 29 Han Yong-woon, Hongsung County Korea, Zen teacher
  • Aug 31 Joshihito, emperor of Japan (1912-26)
  • Aug 31 Alma Mahler, wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel (d. 1964)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • Aug 8 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1797)
  • Aug 27 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • Aug 30 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies