On This Day

Historical Events in August 1854

  • Aug 4 The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships
  • Aug 8 Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

Historic Publication

Aug 9 American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"

  • Aug 24 National emigration convention meets in Cleveland
  • Aug 29 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)