On This Day

What Happened in August 1850

Historical Events

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 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 (d. 1916)
  • Aug 5 Guy de Maupassant, French author (Boule de Suif), born in Château de Miromesnil, France (d. 1893)
  • Aug 14 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), born in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (d. 1921)
  • Aug 26 Charles Richet, French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestJosé de San Martín

Aug 17 Jose de San Martin, South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 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, King of France (1830-48), dies at 76