August 1869 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 10 O B Brown patents moving picture projector
  • Aug 12 Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties
  • Aug 15 The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto

Battle of Interest

Aug 16 War of the Triple Alliance: A Paraguay battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the Battle of Acosta Ñu

  • Aug 23 1st carload of rail freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip
  • Aug 24 American inventor Cornelius Swarthout patents stove-top waffle iron
  • Aug 27 1st international boat race (River Thames, Oxford beats Harvard)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 10 Lawrence Binyon, English poet (For the Fallen), born in London, England (d. 1943)
  • Aug 23 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), born in Garnett, Kansas (d. 1950)
  • Aug 23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • Aug 27 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1946)

Weddings in History

Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Aug 7 German airship inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg, in Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, until his death in1917

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Aug 21 Business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt marries second wife and cousin Frank Armstrong Crawford in London, Ontario

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer and photographer, murdered trying to cross the Sahara at 33
  • Aug 26 Jan August Hendrik Leys, Belgian Romantic painter, dies at 54
  • Aug 31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)