What Happened in August 1883

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 A papyrus offered to British Museum for £10,000 (forgery)
  • Aug 1 Amsterdam's Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights
  • Aug 1 Inland postal service begins in Great Britain
  • Aug 12 The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • Aug 17 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • Aug 21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • Aug 24 3rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats James Dwight (6-2, 6-0, 9-7)
  • Aug 27 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
  • Aug 29 Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption create a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 6 Francesco Santoliquido, composer
  • Aug 6 Scott Nearing, US sociologist/pacifist/author (The Good Life)
  • Aug 7 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1934)
  • Aug 9 George Hoyt, NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
  • Aug 10 Carlos Lavin, composer
  • Aug 11 Ernst Stadler, German poet (Der Aufbruch), born in Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1914)
  • Aug 12 Jan Schouten, Dutch co-founder (Daily Trouw)/chairman (ARP)
  • Aug 12 Pauline Frederick, American actress (d. 1938)
  • Aug 14 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1941)
  • Aug 15 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
  • Aug 19 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel)
  • Aug 19 José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (d. 1965)
  • Aug 19 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 19 Leonid Kulik, Tartu Estonia, Russian Minerologist who led the first research expedition to study the Tunguska meteor site, the largest impact event in recorded history
  • Aug 23 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (d. 1953)
  • Aug 28 E E Clive, Monmouthshire Wales, actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour)
  • Aug 30 Theo Van Doesburg, [Christian EM Kupper], painter/architect (Style)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Karl Wilhelm Dindorf, classic scholar, dies
  • Aug 12 Last Quagga, (zebra with less slashes), dies in Amsterdam zoo
  • Aug 19 Jeremiah S. Black, American statesman (b. 1810)
  • Aug 27 August Friedrich Pott, composer, dies at 76