On This Day

Historical Events in August 1870

  • Aug 1 Irish Land Act gives rights to tenants of landlords in Ireland
  • Aug 2 Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London
  • Aug 4 British Red Cross Society forms
  • Aug 6 Battle at Spicheren: Prussia beats France
  • Aug 8 1st America's Cup: New York Yacht Club’s first defence of America’s Cup; 'Magic' (NYYC) defeats 'Cambria' (Royal Thames YC, England; finishes 8th) and 16 fellow defenders from NY Harbour to Sandy Hook Light Vessel on the Atlantic and return (38 miles)
  • Aug 8 The Republic of Ploieşti, a failed Radical-Liberal rising against Domnitor Carol of Romania.
  • Aug 15 Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn't an optical illusion
  • Aug 17 1st ascent of Mt Rainier, Washington, by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump
  • Aug 18 Battle at Gravelotte Privat: Prussia beat France, 32,000 casualties
  • Aug 24 The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.