What Happened in August 1884

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent
  • Aug 5 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
  • Aug 7 Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
  • Aug 11 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
  • Aug 12 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
  • Aug 27 4th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Howard Taylor (6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2)

1stFirst Photograph of a Tornado

Aug 28 First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, South Dakota

  • Aug 28 Mickey Welsh strikes-out 1st 9 men he faces
  • Aug 30 Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer
  • Aug 2 Rómulo Gallegos, President of Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • Aug 3 Louis Gruenberg, near Brest Litovsk Poland, composer (Daniel Jazz)
  • Aug 4 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • Aug 7 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • Aug 8 Sara Teasdale, American poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
  • Aug 9 Maria "Mary" Beekman, Flemish actress (Genius against Violence), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (d. 1935)
  • Aug 12 Frank Arthur Swinnerton, English novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)
  • Aug 13 Harry Dean, England cricketer (d. 1957)
  • Aug 16 Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • Aug 16 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), born in Luxembourg (d. 1967)
  • Aug 23 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), born in Auburn, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • Aug 23 Ogden L. Mills, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1927-1932), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • Aug 26 Earl Biggers, author ("Charlie Chan" detective series)
  • Aug 27 Harry Antrim, actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 27 Vincent Auriol, president of France (1947-53)
  • Aug 29 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, born in Biesenbrow, Brandenburg (d. 1966)
  • Aug 30 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926)
  • Aug 31 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Heinrich Laube, writer, dies
  • Aug 6 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (b. 1812)
  • Aug 14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46