On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1887

Historical Events

Historic Event

Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse

Famous Deaths

  • Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
1887 Highlights

About August 19, 1887

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 134 years, 3 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Leo