What Happened in August 1885

Historical Events

  • Aug 7 Five German warships anchor off Zanzibar
  • Aug 10 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore
  • Aug 11 $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
  • Aug 14 Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • Aug 22 5th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Godfrey M. Brinley (6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3)
  • Aug 29 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle
  • Aug 29 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • Aug 29 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • Aug 30 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • Aug 3 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • Aug 6 Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union
  • Aug 7 Gordon Harker, actor (Facts of Love, Champagne), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • Aug 12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • Aug 12 Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • Aug 15 Edna Ferber, American author & playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron) (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15 Mary Nash, Troy NY, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By)
  • Aug 16 Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
  • Aug 17 Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • Aug 18 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
  • Aug 19 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1954)
  • Aug 20 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • Aug 23 Henry Thomas Tizard, scientist
  • Aug 26 Jules Romains, France, novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • Aug 28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, composer
  • Aug 28 Vance Palmer, Australian author (d. 1959)
  • Aug 31 DuBose Heyward, US novelist (Porgy)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 5 Author Arthur Conan Doyle (26) weds Louisa Hawkins

  • Aug 25 "Little House On The Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder (18) weds Almonzo James Wilder (28)
  • Aug 29 Pulitzer Prize-winning American author (Age of Innocence) Edith Jones (23), marries Edward "Teddy" Wharton (36)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 Antony EJ Modderman, Dutch minister of Justice (1879-83), dies at 46
  • Aug 12 Georg Curtius, German classical/linguist/philologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Edouard J A Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • Aug 28 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66