What Happened in August 1903

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
  • Aug 4 Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice elected Pope Pius X
  • Aug 8 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)
  • Aug 8 In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleve, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park & forfeits game
  • Aug 12 The Japanese Minister to Russia presents a note to the Russian Government protesting against its failure to evacuate Manchuria

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 14 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • Aug 16 Tigers play a home game in Toledo Ohio, Yanks win 12-8
  • Aug 17 Joe Pulitzer donates $1 million to Columbia University & begins the Pulitzer Prizes in America
  • Aug 19 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • Aug 23 6th Zionist Congres, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • Aug 26 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • Aug 26 23rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned (6-0, 6-3, 10-8)
  • Aug 29 The Finance Minister, Count Witte, is dismissed in what is seen as a victory for those in Russia who want their country to expand into Manchuria and Korea in defiance of the Japanese
  • Aug 31 Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Paul George Vincent O'Shaughnessy Horgan, novelist
  • Aug 4 Helen Kane, [Schroeder], actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 7 Louis Leakey, British anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist Louis Leakey
Louis Leakey
  • Aug 7 Saburo Moroi, composer
  • Aug 8 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • Aug 9 Tom Tyler, [Vincent Markowsky], Port Henry NY, actor (Mummy's Hand)
  • Aug 11 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist
  • Aug 12 Frances Clode, CEO (WRVS)
  • Aug 13 Wilton Graff, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 14 John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)
  • Aug 14 Millard Mitchell, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 14 Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • Aug 17 Abram Chasins, composer
  • Aug 18 Ake Olof Sebastian Udden, composer
  • Aug 18 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (d. 1983)
  • Aug 19 Claude Dauphin, Corbell France, actor (April in Paris, Deported)
  • Aug 19 James Gould Cozzens, US, novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor)
  • Aug 19 Muriel Kirkland, Yonkers NY, actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man)
  • Aug 21 Yannis Constantinidis, composer
  • Aug 22 René Wellek, writer (Concepts of Criticism), Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 23 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian/senator
  • Aug 23 William Primrose, violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 24 Karl Hanke, Nazi official (d. 1945)
  • Aug 25 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian/US psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment)
  • Aug 25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer (d. 1992)
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer
  • Aug 27 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles)
  • Aug 28 Rudolph Wagner-Regeny, composer
  • Aug 29 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz (d. 1972)
  • Aug 29 Olive Ann Beech, aircraft industry executive
  • Aug 31 Arthur Godfrey, radio/TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 31 Vladimir Jankélévitch, French philosopher (d. 1985)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, dies at 51

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
  • Aug 2 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  • Aug 11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)
  • Aug 22 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), dies at 73
  • Aug 23 Paul J C Gabriel, Dutch water colors painter/etcher, dies at 75
  • Aug 28 August Labitzky, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 28 Frederick Law Olmsted, American writer and landscape architect (designed Central Park), dies at 81

Landscape Architect and Writer Frederick Law Olmsted
Landscape Architect and Writer
Frederick Law Olmsted
  • Aug 30 Vincente F Lopez, historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87