On This Day

What Happened in August 1843

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
  • Aug 15 National black convention meets (Buffalo NY)
  • Aug 15 Tivoli Gardens amusement park opens in Copenhagen, world's 2nd oldest
  • Aug 26 American inventor Charles Thurber patents a typewriter
  • Aug 30 1st time African-Americans participate in a national political convention (Liberty Party)
  • Aug 31 Liberty Party nominates James Birneyas presidential candidate

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Robert Todd Lincoln, American politician, lawyer, Captain (Union Army), diplomat, businessman, and son of President Abraham Lincoln, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1926)
  • Aug 4 Florimond Van Duyse, Belgian composer and musicologist, born in Ghent (d. 1910)
  • Aug 5 James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer and dancing master, born in Arbeadie, Scotland (d. 1927)
  • Aug 23 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1932)
  • Aug 26 Georg August Lumbye, Danish composer and conductor (Tivoli Concert Hall Orchestra), born in Copenhagen (d. 1922)
  • Aug 29 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), born in Montour Falls, New York (d. 1910)
  • Aug 31 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (1917-18), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1919)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 10 Jakob F. Fries, German philosopher, dies at 69