What Happened in August 1894

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Death duties 1st introduced in Britain
  • Aug 2 Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter
  • Aug 14 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge demonstrates wireless telegraphy (radio) using Morse code at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University
  • Aug 16 Indian chiefs from the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce Christianity & return to their old Indian faith
  • Aug 17 Phils get 36 hits, Sam Thompson hits for cycle beating Louisville 29-4
  • Aug 18 US Congress creates Bureau of Immigration

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Aug 25 -26] Balinese troops assault Dutch army, 97 killed
  • Aug 25 Japanese scientist Shibasaburo Kitasato discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet
  • Aug 26 Netherlands Social-Democratic Worker's party (SDAP) forms
  • Aug 27 Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court
  • Aug 27 14th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Manliff Goodbody (6-8, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
  • Aug 30 Frederick Lugard's expedition to Niger
  • Aug 31 Phillies Billy Hamilton steals 7 bases
  • Aug 31 The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act passed by Richard Seddon’s Liberal government, making New Zealand the first country in the world to outlaw strikes in favour of compulsory arbitration

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (d. 1927)
  • Aug 3 Harry Heilmann, SF Cal, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit)
  • Aug 3 John H van Maarseveen, Dutch minister of Justice/Internal minister
  • Aug 10 Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India (d. 1980)
  • Aug 11 Wilhelm Grosz, composer
  • Aug 13 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher/director
  • Aug 13 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, composer
  • Aug 16 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Aug 17 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
  • Aug 17 Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
  • Aug 22 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Cape Town (d. 1973)
  • Aug 23 Gareth Hughes, Llanelly Wales, actor (Midnight Girl)
  • Aug 23 James La Guma, Bloemfontein, South African political activist and trade unionist
  • Aug 24 Jean Rhys, [Ella Williams], Dominica, writer (Voyage in the Dark)
  • Aug 26 Sparky Adams, Baseball player (d. 1989)
  • Aug 27 Charles Meredith, Knoxville Pa, actor (Court of Last Resort)
  • Aug 28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter/sculptor (Iron Tower)
  • Aug 28 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (d. 1981)
  • Aug 29 E Franklin Frazier, sociologist, (d. 1962)
  • Aug 31 Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 George Inness, US landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap), dies at 69
  • Aug 16 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70
  • Aug 18 William Charles Levey, composer, dies at 57
  • Aug 26 PPH van Ham, general-major, dies in battle on Lombok
  • Aug 26 Te Wherowhero Tāwhia, Second Māori King and leader of the Waikato tribes in New Zealand, dies at 71 or 72