What Happened in August 1839

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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, composer
  • Aug 17 Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • Aug 17 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Aug 19 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist
  • Aug 24 Eduard Napravnik, Czech conductor and composer, born in Býšť, Czech Republic (d. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (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 (b. 1758)
  • Aug 23 Charles Philippe Lafont, composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 28 William Smith, English geologist (b. 1769)