On This Day

Historical Events in August 1869

  • 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.

BattleBattle of Interest

Aug 16 War of the Triple Alliance: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the Battle of Acosta Ñu

President of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
President of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • 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)