August 1856 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 6 The Great Bell is cast for the Great Clock of Westminster, London (Big Ben)
  • Aug 10 Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana
  • Aug 20 Wilberforce University forms in Ohio
  • Aug 21 America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)

Birthdays in History

Alfred DeakinAlfred Deakin (1856-1919)

Aug 3 Second Prime Minister of Australia (3 terms between 1903-10), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Edward L. DohenyEdward L. Doheny (1856-1935)

Aug 10 American oil tycoon who drilled the 1st successful oil well in Los Angeles and set off the California oil boom, born in Fond du lac, Wisconsin

  • Aug 10 William Willett, British inventor of Daylight Saving Time, born in Farnham, Surrey, England (d. 1915)
  • Aug 12 "Diamond Jim" Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  • Aug 15 J. Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and 1st Labour representative in British Parliament, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1915)
  • Aug 17 Vernon Lee [Violet Paget], British author (Satan the master), born in Boulogne, France (d. 1935)
  • Aug 20 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, born in Panschwitz-Kuckau, Germany (d. 1909)
  • Aug 27 Iwan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, born in Nahuievychi, Galicia (d. 1916)
  • Aug 30 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German mathematician and physicist, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1927)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 14 Constant Prévost, French geologist, dies at 69
  • Aug 14 William Buckland, dean (Westminster)/geologist, dies
  • Aug 19 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist, dies at 39
  • Aug 29 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, dies at 77
  • Aug 30 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (b. 1811)
  • Aug 30 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, dies at 79