What Happened in August 1877

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 SF Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Henry Morton Stanley's party reaches Boma, Congo, after 999 days, losing half of the 228 members.

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Aug 10 Big Hole River: Col John Gibbon murders Nez-Perce indians
  • Aug 11 Asaph Hall discovers Mars's moon Deimos

1stHistoric Invention

Aug 12 Thomas Edison invents the Edisonphone, a sound recording device

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Aug 17 Asaph Hall discovers Mars' moon Phobos
  • Aug 22 Nez Perce (Niimíipu) indians flee into Yellowstone National Park

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Charlotte Hughes, 1990 (oldest person in Great Britain)
  • Aug 1 Jan van den Tempel, Dutch politician (SDAP)
  • Aug 4 Dame Laura Knight, English impressionist artist, born in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England (d. 1970)
  • Aug 5 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter (d. 1917)
  • Aug 6 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (d. 1952)
  • Aug 7 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • Aug 10 Rudolf Hilferding, German economist/SPD-minister of Finance
  • Aug 10 Frank Marshall, American chess player (d. 1944)
  • Aug 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • Aug 16 Karl L Hoschna, composer
  • Aug 25 Joshua L. Cowen, American inventor (electric train), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • Aug 27 Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd)
  • Aug 27 Lloyd Cassel Douglas, novelist
  • Aug 27 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1963)
  • Aug 29 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1943)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Karl Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden (b. 1799)
  • Aug 12 James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Brigham Young, 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies of peritonitis at 76

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young