On This Day

What Happened in August 1853

Historical Events

  • Aug 8 Russian fleet appears at Nagasaki, Japan
  • Aug 24 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 12 Jean Louis Nicode, composer
  • Aug 19 Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, born in Tiflis, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • Aug 28 Vladimir Shukhov, Russian engineer and inventor, born in Grayvoron, Russia (d. 1939)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Confederate general Thomas Jackson (29) weds Elinor Junkin in Lexington

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Josif Josifovich Genishta, composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Giovanni Battista Polledro, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 18 Peter Lichtenthal, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 23 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)