What Happened in August 1899

Historical Events

  • Aug 15 Louisville's Henry Dowling struck out 5 times in a game
  • Aug 21 19th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats J. Parmly Paret (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1978)
  • Aug 2 Charles Bennett, screenwriter
  • Aug 2 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist
  • Aug 3 Sally Benson, novelist
  • Aug 3 Louis Chiron, Monegasque race car driver (d. 1979)
  • Aug 4 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture (d. 1994)
  • Aug 7 Rennie Riano, English-born American actress, born in London (d. 1971)
  • Aug 9 Armand Salacrou, French playwright
  • Aug 9 Pamela Lyndon Travers, Queensland, Australia, writer (Mary Poppins), (d. 1996)
  • Aug 12 Alfred Kantorowicz, German historian (Spanish Diary)
  • Aug 12 Ben Sealey, West Indian cricketer (d. 1963)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 13 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), born in Leytonstone, Essex (d. 1980)

  • Aug 14 Jaroslav Jeremias, composer
  • Aug 16 Glenn Strange, Weed NM, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke)
  • Aug 19 Kenneth MacKenna, Canterbury NH, actor/director (Those We Love)
  • Aug 19 Olga Baclanova, Moscow Russia, actress (Freaks, Docks of NY)
  • Aug 19 Colleen Moore, Port Huron MI, actress (Scarlet Letter)
  • Aug 19 Charlie Hall, English comedian actor (d. 1959)
  • Aug 19 Franz C. Schmelkes, Prague, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), widely used as a disinfectant to sterilize wounds and burns
  • Aug 20 Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)
  • Aug 24 Johan J Fabricius, Dutch novelist (Island of Demons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer of fiction and essays (Labyrinths), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1986)

  • Aug 24 Ruth Schaumann, German painter/writer (Rose, Black King)
  • Aug 26 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter
  • Aug 27 Byron Foulger, Ogden UT, actor (River's Edge, Up in Smoke)
  • Aug 27 Cecil Scott Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower) (d. 1966)
  • Aug 28 Charles Boyer, France, actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park)
  • Aug 29 George Macready, Providence RI, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place)
  • Aug 29 Lyman L Lemnitzer, Marine Corps general (WW II)
  • Aug 31 Paul E Garber, US founder/1st curator of National Air & Space Museum
  • Aug 31 Walter Muller von Kulm, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 24 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 9 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74
  • Aug 16 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)