What Happened in August 1851

Historical Events

  • Aug 12 American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine
  • Aug 22 100 Guineas Cup is raced around Isle of Wight; US schooner 'America' beats British cutter 'Aurora' by 24 minutes; first competition for the America's Cup yachting trophy
  • Aug 22 Gold fields discovered in Australia

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 3 Isabella Caroline Somerset, British philanthropist, temperance leader and campaigner for women's rights, born in London (d. 1921)
  • Aug 13 Felix Adler, German-American educator of political and social ethics, born in Alzey, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany (d. 1933)
  • Aug 13 John Lincoln Clem, American general and drummer boy (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1937)

Doc Holliday

Aug 14 John "Doc" Holliday, American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 1887)

  • Aug 15 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • Aug 17 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist and evangelist

Charles E. Hires

Aug 19 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Elsinboro, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

  • Aug 19 Frans Schollaert, Belgian Catholic Party politician and 19th Prime Minister of Belgium (1908-11), born in Wilsele, Belgium (d. 1917)
  • Aug 24 Tom Kendall, Australian cricket slow bowler (2 Tests, 14 wickets in Australia's 1st 2 Tests, BB 7/55), born in Bedford, England (d. 1924)
  • Aug 25 Alexander, Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the Netherlands, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1884)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • Aug 11 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist, dies at 72
  • Aug 19 Gioseffo Catrufo, Italian composer, dies at 80