August 1839 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 8 Beta Theta Pi is founded in Oxford, Ohio.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Details of Louis Daguerre's 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • Aug 23 British capture Hong Kong from China

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 4 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (d. 1896)
  • Aug 17 Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Aug 19 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist
  • Aug 27 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1881)
  • Aug 30 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, born in Kerfago, Brittany, France (d. 1903)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (b. 1758)
  • Aug 28 William Smith, English geologist (b. 1769)