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, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • Aug 3 Luther Orlando Emerson, composer
  • Aug 3 William Miller, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (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, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • Aug 13 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet (Dietsche Warande)
  • Aug 16 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
  • Aug 20 Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
  • 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 11 Janos Lavotta, composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 28 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)