What Happened in August 1872

Historical Events

  • Aug 18 1st mail-order catalog issued by A M Ward
  • Aug 23 1st Japanese commercial ship visits San Francisco, carrying tea

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • Aug 3 Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
  • Aug 5 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (d. 1917)
  • Aug 7 Andries C D de Graeff, governor-general of Neth Indies (1926-31)
  • Aug 9 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
  • Aug 11 Shidehara Kijuro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)
  • Aug 12 Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
  • Aug 13 Richard Willst├Ątter, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1942)
  • Aug 15 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer
  • Aug 15 Rubin Goldmark, composer
  • Aug 21 Aubrey Beardsley, English artist (Salome), born in Brighton, England (d. 1898)
  • Aug 24 Max Beerbohm, English caricaturist, writer and parodist (Saturday Review), born in London (d. 1956)
  • Aug 28 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1925)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • Aug 11 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer, dies at 63