What Happened in August 1897

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 4 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • Aug 10 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
  • Aug 14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • Aug 17 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch (aka points)
  • Aug 19 1st electric taxis drive in London
  • Aug 21 Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division
  • Aug 23 17th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves (4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2)
  • Aug 27 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Wash Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • Aug 30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
  • Aug 31 General Kitchener occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • Aug 4 Joseph Calleia, Malta, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil)
  • Aug 5 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7 Franz J Weinrich, [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Wyckoff, American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
  • Aug 10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • Aug 10 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)
  • Aug 10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11 Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
  • Aug 11 Enid Blyton, children's writer and fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure)
  • Aug 12 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • Aug 12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 12 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • Aug 15 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • Aug 16 Robert Ringling, circus master
  • Aug 16 Vicente Ascone, composer
  • Aug 20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • Aug 22 Bill Woodfull, cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series)
  • Aug 24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Jaroslav Ridky, composer
  • Aug 26 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter
  • Aug 28 Morris Ankrum, IL, actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers)
  • Aug 31 Frederic March [Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel], Racine, Wisconsin, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives)
  • Aug 31 Marianne Bruns, writer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Antonius von der Linde, Neth/German librarian, dies at 63