On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1848

  • Aug 6 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

Aug 12 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Gauge), dies of pleurisy at 67

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Aug 15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88