On This Day

What Happened in August 1839

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.

InventionHistoric Invention

Aug 19 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • Aug 23 British capture Hong Kong from China

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 4 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (d. 1896)
  • Aug 15 Hugh Archibald Clarke, Canadian organist, composer, and educator (The Music of The Spheres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1927)
  • Aug 17 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • Aug 17 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Aug 19 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist and founder of modern mycology, born in Telgte, Germany (d. 1925)
  • Aug 24 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, born in Býšť, Czech Republic (d. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), born in Batavia, New York (d. 1881)
  • Aug 30 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, born in Kerfago, Brittany, France (d. 1903)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector, dies at 81
  • Aug 23 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 28 William Smith, British geologist who is credited with creating the first nationwide geological map (Strata Identified by Organized Fossils), dies at 70