What Happened in August 1820

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 London's Regent's Canal opens.
  • Aug 7 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii
  • Aug 14 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
  • Aug 24 Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal; see Portugal's crises of the Nineteenth Century.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, born in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • Aug 3 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, born in Parsonsfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • Aug 3 William Miller, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1909)
  • Aug 8 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • Aug 12 Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • Aug 13 George Grove, English biblical scholar and misicographer, born in Clapham, London (d. 1900)
  • Aug 13 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch poet (Dietsche Warande), born in Amsterdam (d. 1889)
  • Aug 16 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
  • Aug 20 Adolphe Fétis, Belgian-French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1873)
  • Aug 24 Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, born in Cividale del Friuli, Italy (d. 1883)
  • Aug 26 James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)
  • Aug 30 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Antonin Vranicky, composer, dies at 59
  • Aug 6 M A Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican monarch of Lucca, dies at 43, dies
  • Aug 6 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany, dies at 53
  • Aug 11 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 28 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)