What Happened in August 1850

Historical Events

  • Aug 23 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts

Music Premiere

Aug 28 Richard Wagner's opera "Lohengrin" premieres at Weimar, Germany

  • Aug 30 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city
  • Aug 31 California pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 3 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1898)
  • Aug 3 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, born in Blandford, Dorset, England (d. 1926)
  • Aug 5 Anton Simon, Russian composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1916)

Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

Aug 5 French author (Boule de Suif), born in Château de Miromesnil, France

  • Aug 14 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), born in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (d. 1921)
  • Aug 26 Charles Richet, French physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1913 for work on anaphylaxis), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Frantisek Tucek, Czech composer, and music teacher, dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)

José de San MartínJosé de San Martín (1778-1850)

Aug 17 South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

  • Aug 18 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), dies at 51
  • Aug 22 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), dies at 48
  • Aug 26 Louis-Philippe, Duke of Chartres, the last King of France (1830-48), dies in exile in England at 76