What Happened in August 1893

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Henry Perky & William Ford patent shredded wheat
  • Aug 7 53rd Congress (1893-95) convenes
  • Aug 9 1st US bowling magazine, Gut Holz, published in New York
  • Aug 10 Chinese deported from San Francisco under Exclusion Act

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Rudolf Diesel's prime model internal combustion engine, a single 10-foot iron cylinder with a flywheel at its base, ran on its own power for the first time in Augsburg, Germany

Mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel
Mechanical engineer
Rudolf Diesel
  • Aug 14 France introduces motor vehicle registration, includes a driving test
  • Aug 15 US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea
  • Aug 20 Shechita (ritual slaughtering) prohibited in Switzerland
  • Aug 24 Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die
  • Aug 28 13th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 6 Guthrie McClintic, Broadway producer/dir (Winterset), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Aug 6 Wright Patman, American politician (d. 1976)
  • Aug 10 Douglas Stuart Moore, Cutchogue NY, composer (Good Night Harvard)
  • Aug 10 Viscount Dunrossil, Scotland, Gov Gen of Australia (1959-61)
  • Aug 10 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slovenian author (Samorastniki)
  • Aug 12 Howard Smith, Attleboro Mass, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel)
  • Aug 14 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer
  • Aug 14 Carl Benton Reid, Lansing MI, actor (Pressure Point)
  • Aug 15 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 15 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), born in Petrieville, Michigan (d. 1962)

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice
  • Aug 15 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 17 Mae West, American actress and singer (She Done him Wrong), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • Aug 18 Ernest MacMillan, composer
  • Aug 18 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Aug 19 Alfred Lunt, Broadway actor (Emmy 1965), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 21 Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer
  • Aug 21 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1978)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Dorothy Parker, American short story writer (1958 Marjorie Peabody Award), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 1967)

Short Story Writer Dorothy Parker
Short Story Writer
Dorothy Parker
  • Aug 23 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • Aug 25 Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962)
  • Aug 30 Huey P Long, Winn Parish La, (gov/sen-D-La)
  • Aug 31 Lily Laskine, French harpist (d. 1988)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 6 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
  • Aug 7 Alfredo Catalani, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 16 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (b. 1825)
  • Aug 17 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52[NS=8/29]
  • Aug 22 Ernst II, duke of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, dies at 75 (b. 1818)
  • Aug 29 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Rus poet (Stichotvorenia), dies at 52 [OS=8/17]