What Happened in August 1891

Historical Events

  • Aug 5 world's 1st traveler's cheques issued (American Express)
  • Aug 15 San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.

BattleBattle of Interest

Aug 16 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Aug 17 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)
  • Aug 17 Electric self-starter for automobile patented
  • Aug 18 Hurricane hits Martinique, about 700 die
  • Aug 19 William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum
  • Aug 21 Dutch Mackay government resigns

1stHistoric Invention

Aug 24 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Aug 31 11th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Clarence Hobart (2-6, 7-5, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • Aug 2 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • Aug 2 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (d. 1971)
  • Aug 5 Donald Kerr, Eagle Grove IA, actor (Carnival Lady, Devil Bat)
  • Aug 6 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • Aug 8 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator
  • Aug 10 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Aug 14 Marinus de Jong, composer
  • Aug 21 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • Aug 22 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • Aug 22 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, born in Druskininkai, Lithuania (d. 1973)
  • Aug 24 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer
  • Aug 24 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Kniertje in On hope), born in Halluin, France (d. 1960)
  • Aug 25 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), born in Athens (d. 1952)
  • Aug 25 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, composer
  • Aug 25 Samuel Gardner, American composer, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Aug 26 Emmy van Lokhorst, Dutch author
  • Aug 26 Ferdinand Bruckner, [Theodor Tagger], Austrian playwright (Races)
  • Aug 28 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • Aug 29 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Rhapsody), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 George Washington Williams, historian (History of Negro), dies at 41
  • Aug 5 Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies
  • Aug 14 Johnny Mullagh, cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • Aug 22 Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)
  • Aug 29 Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (b. 1843 or 1844)