What Happened in August 1888

Historical Events

  • Aug 7 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Aug 11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • Aug 20 Longest US men's single tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80-game 1st-round contest
  • Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • Aug 28 8th U.S. Men's National Championship: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor (6-4, 6-1, 6-0)
  • Aug 30 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day
  • Aug 31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, is found in Whitechapel , in London's East End.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Vito Frazzi, Italian composer, born in San Secondo Parmense (d. 1975)
  • Aug 2 Oscar Rasbach, composer
  • Aug 4 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer
  • Aug 4 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra spiritual leader (d. 1965)
  • Aug 5 Victor Francen, Belgium, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio)
  • Aug 6 Heinrich Schlusnus, German baritone (d. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Hans Oster, German major general/spy/July 20th plotter
  • Aug 10 Johanna E F G (Bachigaloupi) Tourniaire, actress (Saint Joan)
  • Aug 11 Owen Nares, actor-manager (Maiden Erleigh)
  • Aug 12 Marion Lorne, actress (Strangers on a Train, Girl Rush), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 12 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder (AVRO)
  • Aug 13 John Logie Baird, Scotland, inventor (father of TV)
  • Aug 13 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor (d. 1975)
  • Aug 15 Albert Spalding, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales (d. 1935)

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Aug 16 Armand J. Piron, American musician (d. 1943)
  • Aug 17 Monty Wooley, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 20 George Sklavos, composer
  • Aug 22 Violet Farebrother, Grimsby England, actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue)
  • Aug 31 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (La Obra de Trajano)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French mathematician/chemist/poet, dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 John Pemberton, American pharmacist and inventor of Coca-Cola, dies of stomach cancer at 55, poor and addicted to morphine
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, British nature investigator (Congo), dies
  • Aug 19 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols