What Happened in August 1908

Historical Events

  • Aug 3 French brothers Amadee and Jean Bouyssonie discover the fossil remains of a nearly complete 60,000 year-old Neanderthal man 'Old man of La Chappelle' at La Chappelle-aux-Saints, France
  • Aug 6 St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
  • Aug 7 The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington
  • Aug 9 6th Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
  • Aug 11 King Edward VII of Britain meets with Emperor Wilhelm of Friedrichshof, Germany; the main point of contention is the increasing size of Germany's navy

CommunicationModel T

Aug 12 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Aug 13 King Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies
  • Aug 14 Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • Aug 14 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • Aug 16 The Committee of Union and Progress, 'The Young Turks', announces a program for reforms and respect for the rights of all within the Ottoman Empire, regardless of race or religion
  • Aug 17 B Tarkington & HL Wilson's "Man from Home" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 17 Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) opens new HQ at Clay & Montgomery, San Francisco
  • Aug 17 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl
  • Aug 20 Congo Free State becomes Belgian Congo
  • Aug 20 America's Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Aug 24 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 25 Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race
  • Aug 25 National Association of Colored Nurses forms
  • Aug 27 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 28 14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
  • Aug 29 NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London
  • Aug 29 28th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Beals Wright (6-1, 6-2, 8-6)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Miloslav Kabelac, composer
  • Aug 3 Dolores del Rio, silent screen actress (Deseada, Bugambilia)
  • Aug 4 Kurt Eichhorn, conductor
  • Aug 4 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist
  • Aug 4 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist/author (Daily Express)
  • Aug 5 Harold Holt, PM of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam
  • Aug 6 George Singer, composer
  • Aug 6 Helen Hull Jacobs, Berkley California, US tennis champ (1932-35)
  • Aug 6 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • Aug 6 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile
  • Aug 6 Svend Erik Tarp, composer
  • Aug 6 Will Lee, American actor (d. 1982)
  • Aug 8 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • Aug 8 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • Aug 10 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer
  • Aug 10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • Aug 12 Lord Renton, QC/British government minister
  • Aug 13 Gene Raymond, American actor (Paris 7000, Fireside Theater), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 14 Lady Jean Swaythling, chief controller (ATS)
  • Aug 14 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (d. 1984)
  • Aug 16 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (d. 2000)
  • Aug 17 Kurt Hessenberg, composer
  • Aug 18 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu)
  • Aug 18 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • Aug 18 Edgar Faure, thriller writer/PM of France (1952, 52-56)
  • Aug 18 Milan Ristic, composer
  • Aug 20 Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
  • Aug 20 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • Aug 20 John Reginald Bevins, politician
  • Aug 20 Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
  • Aug 21 David Farrar, Forest Gate England, actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse)
  • Aug 21 M. M. Kaye, British writer (d. 2004)
  • Aug 21 Oversight (nom de plume), American philosopher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France (d. 2004)

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Aug 23 Arthur Adamov, Kislovodsk Russia, playwright (Paolo Paoli)
  • Aug 23 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour)
  • Aug 23 Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP
  • Aug 23 Hannah Frank, Scottish Artist and Sculptor
  • Aug 25 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist
  • Aug 25 Philip Coolidge, actor (I Want to Live, Tingler), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Aug 26 Bill Hunt, cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933)
  • Aug 26 W. B. Henning, Prussian-born Iranist (d. 1967)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 27 Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer (6,996 runs), born in Cootamundra, New South Wales (d. 2001)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 27 Frank Leahy, O'Neill Nebraska, football coach (Notre Dame)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 27 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), born in Stonewall, Texas (d. 1973)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 27 Kurt Wegner, German artist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 28 Roger Tory Peterson, NY, ornithologist/writer (How to Know Birds)
  • Aug 30 Fred MacMurray, Kankakee, Illinois, American actor (Double Indemnity, My Three Sons)
  • Aug 30 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1996)
  • Aug 30 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 31 Lab Rachel Katherine Hamilton-Russell ouchere, local historian
  • Aug 31 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • Aug 31 William Saroyan, US, novelist/playwright (Time of Your Life)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 Joseph [Maria] Olbrich, architect (Wiener Sezession), dies at 40
  • Aug 11 Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)
  • Aug 13 Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel Hymns), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 25 Henri Becquerel, French physicist who discovered radioactivity (Nobel 1903), dies at 55

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Henri Becquerel
  • Aug 26 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (b. 1837)