What Happened in August 1898

Historical Events

1stHistoric Invention

Aug 9 Rudolf Diesel of Germany patents the diesel internal combustion engine

Mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel
Mechanical engineer
Rudolf Diesel
  • Aug 12 Hawaii is formally annexed to US
  • Aug 12 Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-American War

Admiral George Dewey
George Dewey
  • Aug 16 Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster
  • Aug 22 18th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight F. Davis (3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1)
  • Aug 25 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are slaughtered by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
  • Aug 28 Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola".
  • Aug 29 The Goodyear tire company is founded.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Morris Stoloff, violinist (Picnic, Pal Joey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3 Brother Adam [Kehrle], benedictine monk/beekeeper
  • Aug 8 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans)
  • Aug 8 Alexis Minotis, Greek actor (d. 1990)
  • Aug 9 David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 10 Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley
  • Aug 11 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, politician/trade unionist
  • Aug 12 Oscar Homolka, actor (I Remember Mama), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 13 Jean Borota, France, tennis champ (35 Wimbledons between 1922-64)
  • Aug 15 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom
  • Aug 15 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
  • Aug 17 Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
  • Aug 20 G Kraus, director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands)
  • Aug 20 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)
  • Aug 20 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (d. 1973)
  • Aug 22 Francine Larrimore, Verdun France, actress (John Meade's Woman)
  • Aug 24 Albert Claude, Belgium, biologist/physician (Nobel 1974)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Cowley, Belsano Penn, author (Flowering of New England)
  • Aug 24 Marie J Hugenholtz, [Doctor Grandi], surgeon on Curacao
  • Aug 25 Helmut Hasse, German mathematician (d. 1975)
  • Aug 25 Arthur Wood, England cricketer (d. 1973)
  • Aug 26 Peggy Guggenheim, American art patron & collector, born in New York City (d. 1979)
  • Aug 27 Enny de Leeuwe, [Engelina], actress (Anatevka)/wife of Pierre Mols
  • Aug 28 Ludwig Turek, German writer, born in Stendal (d. 1975)
  • Aug 29 Preston Sturges, [Edmund P Biden], Chic, director (Sullivan's Travels)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 30 Shirley Booth, American actress (Hazel), born in NYC, New York

Actress Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 Eugène Boudin, French painter (b. 1824)
  • Aug 9 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Carl Johann Adam Zeller, composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 21 Nicola van Westerhout, composer, dies at 40
  • Aug 23 Joseph Robinson, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49