On This Day

What Happened in August 1849

Historical Events

  • Aug 9 Hungarian Republic crushed by Austria & Russia
  • Aug 19 NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • Aug 22 The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice
  • Aug 28 Venice under Daniele Manin surrenders to Austrians under Radetsky, having been under siege since July 20 after proclaiming independence

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 12 Abbott Handerson Thayer, painter/naturalist
  • Aug 18 Benjamin Godard, French composer and violinist, born in Paris, France (d. 1895)
  • Aug 23 William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1903)
  • Aug 27 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Nocturno), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexic0 (d. 1873)
  • Aug 29 Titus van Asch van Wijck, Dutch governor Suriname (1891-97), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1902)
  • Aug 30 J. M. Dent, British publisher, born in Darlington, England (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Albanian-born Pasha and viceroy of Egypt (founder of modern Egypt), dies at 80
  • Aug 12 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88
  • Aug 26 Jacques- Féréol Mazas, French composer, conductor and violinist, dies at 66