On This Day

What Happened in August 1826

Historical Events

  • Aug 19 Canada Co. chartered to colonize Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • Aug 22 Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
  • Aug 24 Netherlands South Willems Port (Bosch-Liege) opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 William Denison Whipple, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Madison County, New York (d. 1902)
  • Aug 6 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), born in London (d. 1915)
  • Aug 7 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1889)
  • Aug 13 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 1897)
  • Aug 21 Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, German princess and writer, born at Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg (d. 1875)
  • Aug 27 Frank Stillman Nickerson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swanville, Maine (d. 1917)
  • Aug 27 Hermann Kipper, German music teacher and composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1910)
  • Aug 28 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1905)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 13 René Laënnec, French physician who invented the stethoscope, dies of tuberculosis at 46
  • Aug 30 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, dies at 67