What Happened in August 1875

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 1st roller skating rink opens (London)
  • Aug 14 Society of Regte Afrikaanders establishes in Paarl
  • Aug 22 The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
  • Aug 25 Matthew Webb becomes 1st to swim English Channel (21h 45m)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian artist (d. 1957)
  • Aug 6 Marcel Labey, composer
  • Aug 8 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (d. 1955)
  • Aug 9 Albert William Ketelbey, Aston England, composer (Wonder Worker)
  • Aug 9 Reynaldo Hahn, French composer, conductor, music critic and diarist
  • Aug 12 Ettore Panizza, composer
  • Aug 12 Mezio Agostini, composer
  • Aug 15 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • Aug 18 Johan E Elias, historian (Amsterdam)
  • Aug 19 Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1936)
  • Aug 21 Maurice Lippens, Belgian earl/minister/governor of Congo
  • Aug 23 William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
  • Aug 23 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist (d. 1946)
  • Aug 26 John Buchan, Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer (Battle of Somme)
  • Aug 27 Katharine McCormick, American women's rights activist (d. 1967)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 4 Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), dies at 70

  • Aug 10 Karl (Theodor) Andree, German journalist (Globus), dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (b. 1827)
  • Aug 27 William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • Aug 31 Oskar Peschel, German geographer (Physicist Erdkunde), dies at 49