What Happened in August 1880

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Aug 14 Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed after it began in 1248 - largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

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Aug 16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 5 Gertrude E Durden Rush, US composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden)
  • Aug 6 Hans Moser, Austrian actor (d. 1964)
  • Aug 7 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • Aug 8 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • Aug 10 Clarence Cameron White, American composer, born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Aug 10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 11 Frederick Jerome Work, composer
  • Aug 12 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • Aug 12 Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, author
  • Aug 17 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, born in Vienna (d. 1942)
  • Aug 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • Aug 21 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • Aug 22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • Aug 22 Gorch Fock [Johann Wilhelm Kinau], German author and poet (d. 1916)
  • Aug 23 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), born in Vyatka, Kirov Oblast, Russia (d. 1932)
  • Aug 24 Miles W L Killearn of Killearn, Scottish baron/diplomat
  • Aug 25 Robert E. Stolz, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1975)
  • Aug 26 Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet/movie critic (Alcoola)
  • Aug 29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French-Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • Aug 31 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1890-1948), born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1962)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 5 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • Aug 15 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), dies while horse riding at 32
  • Aug 17 Ole Bull, Norwegian violinist and composer (b. 1810)