On This Day

What Happened in August 1857

Historical Events

  • Aug 24 The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in U.S. history.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 8 Cecile Chaminade, composer
  • Aug 8 Henry Osborn, Conn, paleontologist/author (52 Years of Research)
  • Aug 14 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, born in Woldisch Tychow, Pomerania, Free State of Prussia (d. 1922)
  • Aug 15 Albert Ballin, German inventor and shipping tycoon, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1918)
  • Aug 18 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1926)
  • Aug 22 Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager, born in Montville, Connecticut (d. 1937)
  • Aug 29 Sandford Schultz, English cricketer, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Charles Turner, engraver, dies
  • Aug 3 Eugène Sue, French novelist (b. 1804)
  • Aug 10 John Wilson Croker, politician
  • Aug 12 William Daniel Conybeare, geologist, dies
  • Aug 27 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American poet, literary critic and editor, dies of tuberculosis at 42