On This Day

What Happened in August 1854

Historical Events

  • Aug 4 The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships
  • Aug 8 Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Aug 9 Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • Aug 24 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland
  • Aug 29 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 F. Marion Crawford, American author (Mr. Isaacs), born in Bagni de Lucca, Italy (d. 1909)
  • Aug 3 Fernand de La Tombelle, French organist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1928)
  • Aug 10 J Scott Lidgett, theologist, born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
  • Aug 22 Milan I, King of Serbia, born in Mărășești, Romania (d. 1901)
  • Aug 23 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Vladimirovich Scherbachov, Russian pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg; (d. 1922)
  • Aug 26 Arnold Fothergill, England cricketer (d. 1932)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 Frederik Augustus II, king of Saxon (1836-54), dies at 57
  • Aug 11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (radiant light), dies at 56
  • Aug 16 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies