On This Day

What Happened in August 1841

Historical Events

  • Aug 9 Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • Aug 21 John Hampton patents venetian blind

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 13 Johnny Mullagh [Unaarrimin], Australian cricketer, born in Harrow, Victoria, Australia (d. 1891)
  • Aug 17 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
  • Aug 25 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1917)
  • Aug 28 Louis Le Prince, French artist and original inventor of the motion picture camera sometimes called "the father of cinematography," born in Metz, France (d. 1890)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 10 Hippolyte Monpou, composer, dies at 37
  • Aug 13 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, composer and royal chaplain bandmaster, dies at 73
  • Aug 24 Karl Friedrich Curschmann, German composer, dies at 36
  • Aug 24 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (b. 1788)
  • Aug 27 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, dies at 65