On This Day

What Happened in August 1847

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"


Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Camaiore, Italy (d. 1912)
  • Aug 3 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • Aug 9 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), born in Paris (d. 1876)
  • Aug 14 Robert Comtesse, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1899-1912), born in Valangin, Sweden (d. 1922)
  • Aug 20 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (The Outpost), born in Hrubieszów, Congress Poland (d. 1912)
  • Aug 20 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), born in Cowmes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1889)
  • Aug 22 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1935)
  • Aug 23 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1927)
  • Aug 27 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist and bishop of Bridge, born in Rollegem, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • Aug 31 Arthur Verhaegen, Belgian architect and worker's union leader, born in Brussels (d. 1917)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville