What Happened in August 1909

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
  • Aug 1 7th Tour de France won by Francois Faber of Luxembourg
  • Aug 2 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
  • Aug 2 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

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Aug 4 Ump Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call, this leads to Hurst's banishment

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Aug 6 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
  • Aug 7 US issues 1st Lincoln penny
  • Aug 10 Algemeene Netherland Toonkunstenars Ver (ANTV) begins
  • Aug 11 SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Aug 11 Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Aug 19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • Aug 24 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • Aug 26 Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn & 31 in a single day
  • Aug 27 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander game
  • Aug 27 29th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats William Clothier (6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1)
  • Aug 29 AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
  • Aug 29 World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins
  • Aug 30 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
  • Aug 31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Nigel Henderson, British admiral (d. 1993)
  • Aug 2 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 4 Glenn Cunningham, US middle distance runner (1930's)
  • Aug 4 Roberto Burle Marx, landscape gardener
  • Aug 4 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (d. 2005)
  • Aug 8 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • Aug 9 John Baur, museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
  • Aug 9 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
  • Aug 10 Brian Easdale, composer
  • Aug 10 Claude Thornhill, composer
  • Aug 10 Frank Bowden, industrialist/landowner
  • Aug 10 George W Crockett Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1980- )
  • Aug 10 Julio A Abraham, president (Democratic Party Bonaire)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 10 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
  • Aug 11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • Aug 11 Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
  • Aug 12 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • Aug 12 Richard Bare, American director
  • Aug 13 John Beal, Joplin MO, actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Amityville 3D)
  • Aug 13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, US 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • Aug 15 Raymond O'Malley, teacher
  • Aug 16 Paul Smith Callaway, composer
  • Aug 17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • Aug 18 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Aug 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • Aug 20 Albert Roberts, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37)
  • Aug 20 Andre Morell, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England
  • Aug 21 C Dillon Douglas, Geneva Switz, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65)
  • Aug 21 Jon William Jr Haussermann, composer
  • Aug 21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician (d. 1992)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
Mel Hein
  • Aug 22 Sergius Kagen, composer
  • Aug 22 Stojan T Daskalov, Bulgaria, writer (A Farm)
  • Aug 22 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, England First Class Cricketer and English test umpire (d. 1970)
  • Aug 24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939)
  • Aug 25 Arwel Hughes, composer
  • Aug 25 Michael Rennie, England, actor (Robe, Klatuu-Day the Earth Stood Still)
  • Aug 26 Eric Quail Davies, cricket pace bowler (5 Tests for South Africa 1935-39)
  • Aug 26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • Aug 26 Gene Moore, baseball player (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Lester W "Pres" Young, US jazz saxophonist
  • Aug 27 Sidney R Yates, (Rep-D-IL, 1949-62, 65- )
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Aug 29 Francis Henry Smith, librarian
  • Aug 29 Roy Reuther, Wheeling WV, labor leader
  • Aug 30 Barry Appleby, cartoonist
  • Aug 31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • Aug 17 Richard Hoffman, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 19 Rembt THPLA of Boneval Faure, lawyer/1st-Member of parliament, dies
  • Aug 29 Emil C Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies