What Happened in August 1902

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Building begins on Dutch public housing
  • Aug 1 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
  • Aug 4 The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.
  • Aug 8 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 9 Edward VII of Great Britain crowned having succeeded his mother Victoria
  • Aug 13 England beat Australia by one wicket at The Oval Famous victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 22 US President Theodore Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Aug 27 22nd U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Reginald Doherty (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6)
  • Aug 31 Split skirt 1st worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Hendrik J Kruls, Neth, general/chief military authority (1944-46)
  • Aug 1 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor
  • Aug 3 Habib Bourguiba, 1st president of Tunisia (1957-87)
  • Aug 3 Judson Laire, actor/singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 3 Ray Block, France, orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason)
  • Aug 3 Regina Jonas, German first woman rabbi (d. 1944)
  • Aug 4 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player (d. 1981)
  • Aug 5 Irene Rice Pereira, Chelsea, Massachusetts, American abstract artist
  • Aug 6 Michal Vilec, composer
  • Aug 6 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • Aug 6 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 8 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac
  • Aug 9 Zino Francescatti, Marseilles France, violinist (NY Phil-1939)
  • Aug 10 Norma Shearer, Canadian actress (d. 1983)
  • Aug 10 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (d. 2000)
  • Aug 10 Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • Aug 11 Christian Castries, French general (Dien Bien Phu)
  • Aug 11 Lloyd Nolan, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 11 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • Aug 13 Bartoes, [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer/comic
  • Aug 13 Felix Wankel, Germany, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)
  • Aug 13 Lord Sainsbury of Drury Lane, president (J Sansbury Pics)
  • Aug 13 Regis Toomey, actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 15 Jan RT Campert, writer (Song the 18 dead)
  • Aug 16 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child)
  • Aug 16 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, composer
  • Aug 18 Julius Kalas, composer
  • Aug 18 Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter (d. 1968)
  • Aug 19 Ogden Nash, Rye NY, humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself)
  • Aug 19 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [NS]
  • Aug 19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • Aug 20 Ernest Charles Melvin Patrick Ekundio Marke, club owner
  • Aug 21 Renato Fasano, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • Aug 22 Roy Armstrong, English historian (History of Sussex)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Pelly, American politician (d. 1973)
  • Aug 24 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civililization & Capitalism)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Carlo Gambino, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1976)

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Carlo Gambino
  • Aug 25 Stefan Wolpe, composer (Zeus & Elidco), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 27 Herbert Menges, composer
  • Aug 30 Arnold Maria Walter, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies
  • Aug 3 August Friedrich Martin Klughardt, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 8 Jean Y Y Tissot, French painter/illustrator, dies
  • Aug 10 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies
  • Aug 31 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73