What Happened in August 1869

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st voyage down Colorado River
  • Aug 10 O B Brown patents moving picture projector
  • Aug 12 Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties
  • Aug 15 The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.
  • Aug 16 Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • Aug 23 1st carload of rail freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip
  • Aug 24 Cornelius Swarthout patents stove-top waffle iron
  • Aug 27 1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 9 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), born in Chester, Cheshire, England (d. 1940)
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Binyon, poet (Symbolic Wounds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 14 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • Aug 23 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), born in Garnett, Kansas (d. 1950)
  • Aug 23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • Aug 27 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1946)
  • Aug 31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
  • Aug 26 Henri Leys, Flemish painter, dies at 54
  • Aug 31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)