On This Day

What Happened in August 1866

Historical Events

  • Aug 11 World's 1st roller rink opens (Newport, Rhode Island)

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Aug 20 President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over

17th US President Andrew Johnson
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Andrew Johnson
  • Aug 23 Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, born in Oporto (d. 1948)
  • Aug 5 Carl Dietrich Harries, German chemist (developed synthetic rubber), born in Luckenwalde, Germany (d. 1923)
  • Aug 5 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer and captain, born in Collingwood, Australia (d. 1917)
  • Aug 8 Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole (Jun 4 1909)
  • Aug 12 Jacinto Benavente y Martínez, Spanish playwright (Nobel 1922)
  • Aug 13 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and founder of Fiat Automaker, born in Villar Perosa, Italy (d. 1945)
  • Aug 14 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • Aug 17 Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad (d. 1911)
  • Aug 17 Julia Marlowe [Sarah Frances Frost], English-American Shakespearean actress, born in Cumberland, England (d. 1950)
  • Aug 30 Georges Minne, Belgian sculptor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1941)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies at 75
  • Aug 6 John Mason Neale, English divine, scholar and hymnwriter (b. 1818)
  • Aug 22 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies