On This Day

August 1841 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 9 Erie boat in Buffalo NY catches fire; 242 die
  • Aug 21 John Hampton patents venetian blind

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 17 Luis NF Varela, Brazilian romantic poet
  • Aug 18 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient who survived 31 days at sea in a small boat to seek help for the shipwrecked USS Saginaw, born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • Aug 25 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1917)
  • Aug 28 Louis Le Prince, French artist and original inventor of the motion picture camera sometimes called "the father of cinematography", born in Metz, France (d. 1890)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 24 Theodore Hook, English author, famous practical joker and recipient of the world's 1st postcard, dies at 52