This Week in History – August 22nd to August 28th

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 22nd

Venice Balloon Attack

  • 1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1851 – The first America’s Cup is won by the yacht America.
  • 1864 – Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention.

August 23rd

  • 1866Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague.
  • 1873Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opens.
  • 1898 – The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departs from London.

August 24th

Edison demonstrates the camera to US President Calvin.

  • 1875 – Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel
  • 1891Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
  • 1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.

August 25th

  • 1883France and Viet Nam sign the Treaty of Huế, recognizing a French protectorate over Annam and Tonkin.
  • 1894Kitasato Shibasaburō discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet.
  • 1912 – The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.

August 26th

War of the Sixth Coalition

  • 1813War of the Sixth Coalition: An impromptu battle takes place when French and Prussian-Russian forces accidentally run into each other near Liegnitz, Prussia (now Legnica, Poland).
  • 1814Chilean War of Independence: Infighting between the rebel forces of José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O’Higgins erupts in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias.
  • 1883 – The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.

August 27th

  • 1859Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
  • 1883Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change.
  • 1896Anglo-Zanzibar War: The shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45), between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.

August 28th


  • 1845 – The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
  • 1849 – After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent as the Republic of San Marco, surrenders to Austria.
  • 1859 – The Carrington event disrupts electrical telegraph services and causes aurora to shine so brightly that they are seen clearly over the Earth’s middle latitudes.


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