What Happened in August 1900

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Aug 4 An allied expeditionary force, made up of Japanese, Russian, British, French and American troops, sets off from Tientsin for Peking, China, to put down Boxer rebellion
  • Aug 5 In Russia, anti-Jewish riots spread from Odessa into other parts of the country
  • Aug 7 Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
  • Aug 8 1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass, & won by US 2 days later
  • Aug 10 1st Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles at Longwood Cricket Club in Boston, Massachusetts (3-0)
  • Aug 14 1st electric tram in Netherland (Leidseplein-Brouwersgracht)
  • Aug 15 The Boxer Rebellion: In China, the Empress, her family and court retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to quell the rebellion
  • Aug 15 Russian troops advance further unto Manchuria
  • Aug 19 Start of the one & only olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • Aug 20 Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
  • Aug 20 Japan's primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.
  • Aug 21 20th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats William Larned (6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Aug 23 National Negro Business League organizes (Boston)
  • Aug 27 Gabriel Fauré's opera/cantata "Prométhée" premieres in Beziers
  • Aug 27 Battle of Bergendal: General Buller defeats the Boer under general Louis Botha
  • Aug 29 Gaetano Bresci, the assassin of King Umberto I of Italy, is tried and sentenced to life imprisonment; he will commit suicide in jail on 22 May 1901
  • Aug 30 Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed
  • Aug 31 British troops over run Johannesburg
  • Aug 31 Dodgers' Brickyard Kennedy walks 6 straight Phillies

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Otto Nothling, cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26)
  • Aug 2 Helen Morgan [Riggins], Danville, Illinois, American singer/actress (Applause, Show Boat)
  • Aug 2 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor/composer
  • Aug 3 Arnoldus J N M Struycken, Dutch lawyer
  • Aug 3 Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II
  • Aug 3 John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
  • Aug 4 Arturo Umberto Illia, President of Argentina (1963-66)
  • Aug 4 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch)

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Aug 4 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2002)

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Aug 5 Bodi Rapp, [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano/teacher
  • Aug 6 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Taylor Caldwell, novelist
  • Aug 8 Josephine Holt Bay, 1st woman to head a firm on NY stock exchange
  • Aug 8 Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show, In Old California), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 10 Arthur Porritt, NZ, 100m sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1924)
  • Aug 11 Alexander Mosolov, Kiev Russia, composer (Zavod) [NS]
  • Aug 11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • Aug 11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • Aug 12 Jose Ignacio Prieto Arrizubieta, composer
  • Aug 14 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, composer
  • Aug 15 Estelle Brody, actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 16 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in New York City (d. 1975)
  • Aug 17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 18 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter/TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 18 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist (d. 1964)

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Aug 18 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1990)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • Aug 19 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (d. 1976)
  • Aug 20 Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
  • Aug 21 Eileen Percy, Belfast Ireland, silent film actress (Let's Go)
  • Aug 22 Elizabeth Bergner, actress (Catherine the Great), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 22 Sergei Ozhegov, Russian lexicographer (d. 1964)
  • Aug 23 Ernst Krenek, composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 23 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer/songwriter (d. 1978)
  • Aug 24 Preston Foster, Ocean City NJ, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger)
  • Aug 25 Mary Bruce, dance Teacher
  • Aug 26 Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (d. 1980)
  • Aug 29 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building/Centre Pompidou)
  • Aug 30 Franklin C Fry, US minister (Lutheran World Relief)
  • Aug 31 Roland Culver, actor (Thunderball, Encore), born in London, England
  • Aug 31 Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 Isaac Levitan, Russian painter (b. 1860)
  • Aug 5 James Augustine Healy, African American Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German journalist/socialist, dies at 74
  • Aug 12 James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42
  • Aug 12 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  • Aug 16 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • Aug 19 Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer (b. 1833)
  • Aug 25 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1840)

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Aug 25 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and philologist (Übermensch and the doctrine of eternal return), dies at 55

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Aug 28 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Women on University), dies