This Week in History – August 15th to August 21st

This Week in History UPPER

The Pandora Society Bureau of Time Travel has collected a handful of historical events from each day of this week in the hopes of inspiring some writer to pen the next great Steampunk novel.


August 15th

Japan Weihaiwei_surrender

  • 1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1863 – The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2nd, 1863).
  • 1869 – The Meiji government in Japan establishes six new ministries, including one for Shinto.


August 16th

  • 1863 – The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
  • 1870Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 1891 – The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.

August 17th

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  • 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville: Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1866 – The Grand Duchy of Baden announces her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signs a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
  • 1896Bridget Driscoll is run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London, the UK’s first pedestrian motoring fatality.

August 18th

  • 1864American Civil War: Battle of Globe Tavern: Union forces try to cut a vital Confederate supply-line into Petersburg, Virginia, by attacking the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad.
  • 1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
  • 1877Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.

August 19th

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  • 1812War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning the nickname “Old Ironsides”.
  • 1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre‘s photographic process is a gift “free to the world”.
  • 1895American frontier murderer and outlaw John Wesley Hardin is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.

August 20th

  • 1858Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.
  • 1866President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
  • 1882Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.

August 21st

1904 Oldsmobile Dash 680

  • 1883An F5 tornado strikes Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
  • 1888 – The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • 1897Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles, is founded.

 

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