On This Day

What Happened on August 13, 1886

Historical Events

Historic Event

John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Famous Birthdays

  • Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1957)

Famous Deaths

  • Adolf von Doss, German composer, dies at 62
1886 Highlights

About August 13, 1886

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 135 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo