On This Day

What Happened in August 1837

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY
  • Aug 28 Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce

Historic Event

Aug 31 Ralph Waldo Emerson gives his famous "The American Scholar" speech to Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, declares American literary independence from Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 11 Marie Fran├žois Sadi Carnot, President of France (1887-94), born in Limoges, France (d. 1894)
  • Aug 16 Emile A. H. Seipgens, Dutch priest, writer and beer brewer, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1837)
  • Aug 24 Theodore Dubois, French composer, born in Rosnay, Marne, France (d. 1924)
  • Aug 27 Heinrich Urban, German violinist and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1901)
  • Aug 30 Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur, US 1st Lady (1881-85), born in Culpeper Court House, Virginia (d. 1880)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Walter Geikie, Scottish painter, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)