What Happened in August 1858

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and NYC streets
  • Aug 2 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • Aug 5 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
  • Aug 11 First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland
  • Aug 15 Regular mail to Pacific coast begins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • Aug 17 1st bank in Hawaii opens
  • Aug 18 Netherlands & Japan sign trade agreement
  • Aug 21 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • Aug 24 Richmond "Daily Dispatch" reports 90 blacks arrested for learning
  • Aug 26 First news dispatch by telegraph.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Hans Rott, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • Aug 1 Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist
  • Aug 1 Gaston Doumergue, French President (d. 1937)
  • Aug 2 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands
  • Aug 2 Catherina van Rennes, composer
  • Aug 2 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest)
  • Aug 6 Albert Fuchs, composer

Person of interestChristiaan Eijkman

Aug 11 Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1929), born in Nijkerk, Netherlands (d. 1930)

Physician and Nobel Laureate Christiaan Eijkman
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Christiaan Eijkman
  • Aug 15 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • Aug 16 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1927)
  • Aug 27 Giuseppe Peanoin Cuneo, Piemonte Italy, mathematician

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76
  • Aug 14 George Combe, phrenologist, dies