What Happened in August 1892

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
  • Aug 4 Queen Wilhelmina & Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • Aug 13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

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Aug 15 4th & last British government of William Gladstone forms

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • Aug 17 Russian and French generals, Obruchev and Boisdeffre signs Double Alliance
  • Aug 20 The Transvaal National Union, a political organisation, is set up with J. Tudhope as president

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Aug 25 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to lieutenant

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Aug 27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • Aug 30 12th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Constantly Burniaux, Belg, art historian (Temps Inquiets)
  • Aug 2 Jack Warner, US movie studio head (Warner Bros)
  • Aug 2 John Kieran, American columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 3 Oscar van Hemel, composer
  • Aug 4 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer
  • Aug 6 Hoot Gibson, Tekamah NE, western actor (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw)
  • Aug 8 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, Spanish footballer (d. 1922)
  • Aug 9 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 11 Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve), Scotland, poet (Scots Unbound)
  • Aug 11 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general
  • Aug 11 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (d. 1962)
  • Aug 11 Archie Wiles, West Indian cricketer (d. 1957)
  • Aug 14 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, composer
  • Aug 15 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer
  • Aug 15 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • Aug 16 Harold Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valian), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Aug 16 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), born in Rennes, France (d. 1989)
  • Aug 22 Percy Fender, English cricketer (legendary Surrey & England all-rounder), born in Balham, London (d. 1985)
  • Aug 31 Claire DuBrey, American actress (Lightnin' in the Forest), born in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 Matthias de Vries, linguistic (spelling), dies
  • Aug 11 Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
  • Aug 19 Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 23 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)