Historical Events for August 1859
Events 1 - 4 of 4
9th - Elevator patented
17th - 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette Ind
27th - 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn by Edwin Drake
28th - A geomagnetic storm causes the Aurora Borealis to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far afield as Japan.