On This Day

What Happened in August 1821

Historical Events

  • Aug 4 1st edition of American magazine "The Saturday Evening Post"

Russian Antarctic Expedition

Aug 4 Russian Antarctic expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen returns to Kronshtadt after becoming the 1st to circumnavigate Antarctica

  • Aug 6 1st edition of "Courrier of Pays-Bas" newspaper published in Brussels
  • Aug 10 Missouri admitted as 24th US state

Coup d'état

Aug 19 Failed liberal coup against French King Louis XVIII

  • Aug 21 Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Palmyra, Maine (d. 1881)

Louis Vuitton

Aug 4 Louis Vuitton, French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, born in Anchay, France (d. 1892)

  • Aug 10 Jay Cooke, American financier (d. 1905)
  • Aug 14 Clement H. Stevens, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1864)
  • Aug 21 William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Smyrna, Tennessee (d. 1863)
  • Aug 24 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, born in Zibello, Italy (d. 1890)
  • Aug 29 Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet, French anthropologist who was the first to organize and classify Stone Age cultures into a chronological sequence of epochs, born in Meylan, France (d. 1898)
  • Aug 30 Anita Garibaldi, Brazilian warrior; Garibaldi's wife (War of Tatters), born in Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brazil (d. 1849)
  • Aug 31 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, born in Polepy, Austrian Empire (now Czech Republic) (d. 1899)
  • Aug 31 Hermann von Helmholtz, German physician and physicist, born in Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1894)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Elizabeth Inchbald [Simpson], English actress and author (Lovers' Vows, Lady Abbess), dies at 68
  • Aug 4 William Floyd, American soldier who signed the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • Aug 7 Caroline of Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV (1820-21), dies at 53
  • Aug 10 Salvatore Vigano, composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 29 Horace Coignet, French singer and composer, dies at 86