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, Australian cricket all-rounder (Aboriginal tour of England 1868), born in Harrow, Australia (d. 1891)
  • Aug 17 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
  • Aug 18 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient who survived 31 days at sea in a small boat to seek help for the shipwrecked USS Saginaw, born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • 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 Hook, English author, famous practical joker and recipient of the world's 1st postcard, dies at 52
  • Aug 27 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, dies at 65