On This Day

What Happened in August 1848

Historical Events

  • Aug 9 Austria & Sardinia sign cease fire

Historic Event

Aug 9 US Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president

  • Aug 14 Oregon Territory created
  • Aug 15 M. Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair
  • Aug 18 Camila O'Gorman and Ladislao Gutierrez are executed on the orders of Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas
  • Aug 22 The United States annexes New Mexico

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 František Kmoch, Czech composer and conductor, born in Zásmuky, Austrian Empire (d. 1912)
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (d. 1926)
  • Aug 10 William Harnett, Irish-American painter (Old Violin), born in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • Aug 12 Macellus Emants, Dutch writer/poet (Along the Nile)
  • Aug 19 Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (Rue de Paris) and member of Impressionists, born in Paris (d. 1894)
  • Aug 22 Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (Founder of Chicago Daily News), born in Hudson, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • Aug 30 Andrew Onderdonk, American railway contractor (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1905)

Famous Weddings

Samuel Morse

Aug 10 Inventor Samuel Morse (57) weds Sarah Elizabeth Griswold in Utica, New York

Ulysses S. Grant

Aug 22 Soldier and later US President Ulysses S. Grant (26) marries Julia Dent

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Frederick Marryat, English captain and author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

George Stephenson

Aug 12 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Gauge), dies of pleurisy at 67

  • Aug 15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88