On This Day

August 1868 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 8 Earthquake destroys the city of Arica, Chile
  • Aug 13 Earthquakes kill 25,000 & causes $300 million damages (Peru & Ecuador)
  • Aug 18 French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1923)
  • Aug 6 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'Otage-1909), born in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France (d. 1955)
  • Aug 7 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (Poisson distribution) and economist, born in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)

Person of interestHugo Eckener

Aug 10 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, born in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1954)

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 12 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • Aug 16 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • Aug 22 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, born in Jamestown, NY (d. 1958)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 13 Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier (26) weds Zoé Lafontaine (27) in Montreal, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier
Prime Minister of Canada
Wilfrid Laurier

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (discovered flint tools in the gravels of the Somme valley), dies at 79
  • Aug 11 Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R), dies at 76
  • Aug 25 Costache Negruzzi, Romanian author/poet, dies at about 60
  • Aug 25 Henry P Scholte, Dutch/US vicar (Iowa), dies at 62
  • Aug 25 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch 2nd member of parliament, dies at 66