On This Day

August 1854 in History

Events in History

  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 F. Marion Crawford, American author (Mr. Isaacs), born in Bagni de Lucca, Italy (d. 1909)
  • Aug 10 J Scott Lidgett, theologist, born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Alfred Gilbert, sculptor/goldsmith
  • Aug 22 Milan I, King of Serbia, born in Mărășești, Romania (d. 1901)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 9 Frederik Augustus II, king of Saxon (1836-54), dies at 57
  • Aug 11 Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (radiant light), dies at 56
  • Aug 16 Duncan Phyfe, furniture maker, dies