This Week in History – August 8th to August 14th

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 8th

Edison effect 680

  • 1876Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
  • 1885 – More than 1.5 million people attend the funeral of Ulysses S. Grant in New York City.
  • 1908Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.

August 9th

  • 1854Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden.
  • 1892Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
  • 1930 – Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.

August 10th

Battle of Wilson's Creek

  • 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by the United States Congress after James Smithson donates $500,000.
  • 1861American Civil War: Battle of Wilson’s Creek: The war enters Missouri when a band of raw Confederate troops defeat Union forces in the southwestern part of the state.
  • 1899 – The Norwegian football club Viking FK is founded.

August 11th

  • 1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.
  • 1919 – The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.
  • 1929Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

August 12th

  • 1851Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  • 1877Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
  • 1883 – The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

August 13th

  • 1831Nat Turner witnesses a solar eclipse which caused the sky to appear a blue-green color, which he envisioned as a black man’s hand reaching over the sun. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill between 55-65 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1868 – A massive earthquake near Arica, Peru, causes an estimated 25,000 casualties, and the subsequent tsunami causes considerable damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • 1876 – The premiere of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, at the recently completed Bayreuth Festspielhaus, was performed over the next several days.

August 14th

Arthur Sullivan's The Lost Chord

  • 1885Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • 1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan‘s “The Lost Chord“, one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison‘s phonograph in London, England.
  • 1893 – France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.


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