This Week in History – August 1st to 7th

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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 1st

  • 1834Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
  • 1838 – Non-laborer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1840 – Laborer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.

August 2nd

SF Cable Car

  • 1870Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco‘s famous cable car system.
  • 1903Fall of the Ottoman Empire: An unsuccessful uprising led by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization against Ottoman Turkey, also known as the Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising, takes place.

August 3rd

  • 1852Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event
  • 1860 – The Second Maori War begins in New Zealand.
  • 1900 – The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.

August 4th

Custer 680

  • 1821The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
  • 1873American Indian Wars: While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, the United States 7th Cavalry, under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer clashes for the first time with the Cheyenne and Lakota people near the Tongue River; only one man on each side is killed.
  • 1892 – The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.

August 5th

  • 1888Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.
  • 1906Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.
  • 1914World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.

August 6th

CSS_Arkansas_2

  • 1862American Civil War: The Confederate ironclad CSS Arkansas is scuttled on the Mississippi River after suffering catastrophic engine failure near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
  • 1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic: Two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Heligoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

August 7th

  • 1890Anna Månsdotter becomes the last woman in Sweden to be executed, for the 1889 Yngsjö murder.
  • 1909Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.
  • 1927 – The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.

 

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