What Happened in August 1852

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
  • Aug 3 America's first intercollegiate sporting event takes place as the Harvard heavyweight rowing crew beats Yale by 2 lengths over 2 miles on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
  • Aug 13 Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard
  • Aug 21 Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 8 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • Aug 21 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1903)
  • Aug 22 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), born in Faenza, Italy (d. 1909)
  • Aug 23 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, born in London (d. 1883)
  • Aug 23 Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia for one day in 1882, born in Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Colombia (d. 1913)
  • Aug 30 Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff, Dutch physical chemist (Nobel 1901), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1911)
  • Aug 31 Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1925)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Frantisek L Celakovsky, Czech slavist/poet, dies at 53
  • Aug 11 Nicolaas Plomp, Dutch architect (Strugle), dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), dies at 92