What Happened in August 1831

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 London Bridge opens to traffic
  • Aug 2 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • Aug 8 Battle of Hasselt - Dutch army drives out Belgians
  • Aug 9 1st US steam engine train run (Albany to Schenectady, NY)
  • Aug 10 Hurricane hits Barbados; about 1,500 die
  • Aug 12 Dutch troops conquer Leuven
  • Aug 12 Netherlands & Belgium sign peace treaty

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Aug 21 Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery

Rebel Slave Nat Turner
Rebel Slave
Nat Turner

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Aug 24 John Henslow asks Charles Darwin to travel with him on the HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
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Charles Darwin
  • Aug 29 Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 13 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1902)
  • Aug 16 Edward Payson Chapin, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Waterloo, New York (d. 1863)
  • Aug 16 John Jones Ross, Quebec politician (d. 1901)
  • Aug 16 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1924)
  • Aug 19 Stephen Gano Burbridge, "Butcher of Kentucky", American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • Aug 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1885)
  • Aug 28 Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, 1st lady of the United States (1877-81), born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1889)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 16 Eduard Brendler, composer, dies at 30
  • Aug 22 John White, English organist and violinist, dies at 52
  • Aug 23 August WA Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal, dies at 70