What Happened in August 1889

Historical Events

  • Aug 10 Dan Rylands patents screw cap
  • Aug 13 William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
  • Aug 23 1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (SF)
  • Aug 29 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • Aug 31 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Cardboard Box" (BG)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • Aug 1 Walther Gerlach, Biebrich, German Physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect)
  • Aug 5 Conrad P Aiken, American Pulitzer poet/writer (Ushant/Conversation)
  • Aug 6 George Kenney, American Air Force General (d. 1977)
  • Aug 6 John Middleton Murry, English poet and literary critic (Between Two Worlds), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Aug 8 Jack Ryder, cricketer (athletic Australian all-rounder & captain)
  • Aug 10 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, born in Great Baddow, Essex (d. 1960)
  • Aug 10 Irene Steer, England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic gold 1912)
  • Aug 10 Charles Darrow, Inventor (d. 1967)
  • Aug 12 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
  • Aug 13 Camillien Houde, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)
  • Aug 19 Arthur Waley, sinologist, translator from Chinese & Japanese
  • Aug 20 Witold Friemann, composer
  • Aug 23 Alfred Lichtenstein, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Aug 24 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congolese religious leader and founder of Kimbanguism, born in Nkamba, Congo (d. 1951)
  • Aug 30 Edward Ciannelli, Ischia Italy, actor (You Can't Escape Forever)
  • Aug 31 A Provost Idell, father of modern volleyball
  • Aug 31 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • Aug 4 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Willem Ruys J Dz, ship owner, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor, dies at 42
  • Aug 19 Jean MMPA de Villiers de l'isle-Adam, French writer (Axel), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 John Sanger, circus entrepreneur, dies
  • Aug 24 Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies
  • Aug 29 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (b. 1815)