On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1858

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and NYC streets
  • Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown

Famous Birthdays

  • Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands, born in Arolsen Castle, Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont, German Confederation (d. 1934)
  • William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest), born in Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76