On This Day

What Happened in August 1867

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Blacks vote for 1st time in a US state election in the South (Tennessee)

Historic Event

Aug 12 US President Andrew Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton

  • Aug 15 The Representation of the People Act (1867) extends suffrage in the UK
  • Aug 28 The United States formally takes control of Midway Atoll, years after it was sighted and claimed by Captain N.C. Brooks

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1957)
  • Aug 2 Ernest Dowson, British poet (Decorations in Verse and Prose), born in Lee, London
  • Aug 2 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1943)

Stanley Baldwin

Aug 3 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), born in Bewdley, England (d. 1947)

  • Aug 4 Jake Beckley, American Baseball HOF first baseman (23,767 putouts MLB record; career .308 hitter; Pittsburgh Alleghenys/Pirates; NY Giants; Cincinnati Reds; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1918)
  • Aug 7 Emil Nolde [Hansen], German painter and graphic artist, born in Nolde, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1956)
  • Aug 11 Hobart Bosworth, American actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), born in Marietta, Ohio (d. 1943)
  • Aug 11 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields)
  • Aug 12 Edith Hamilton, American writer (Mythology)
  • Aug 13 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • Aug 13 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1957)
  • Aug 14 John Galsworthy, English author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 1933)
  • Aug 14 Cupid Childs, American baseball player, born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1912)
  • Aug 16 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só), born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1900)
  • Aug 22 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1939)
  • Aug 22 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor (altimeter, automobile self-starter, and early television pioneer), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 23 Marcel Schwob, French writer and journalist (Le Croisade des Enfants), born in Chaville, France (d. 1905)
  • Aug 25 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1951)
  • Aug 27 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, born in Foggia, Apulia, Italy (d. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer (La cena delle beffe), born in Foggia, Italy (d. 1948)

Famous Weddings

George Westinghouse

Aug 8 Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Philipp August Böckh, German scholar and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • Aug 10 Ira Aldridge, famed African-American Shakespearean actor (Othello, Shylock), dies at 63 [1]
  • Aug 14 Nicola Benvenuti, Italian composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 23 Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet (b. 1796)

Michael Faraday

Aug 25 Michael Faraday, English scientist discovered electromagnetic induction, invented 1st electric motor, dies at 75

  • Aug 31 Charles-Pierre Baudelaire, French poet and translator (Les Fleurs du mal), dies at 46