What Happened in August 1911

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Omar N Bradley (18) begins education in West Point
  • Aug 1 Transportation workers begin a major strike in England; part of a wave of industrial unrest
  • Aug 2 Haiti's dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica
  • Aug 8 The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
  • Aug 8 Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.
  • Aug 10 Parliament Act reduces power of UK's House of Lords
  • Aug 10 The UK House of Commons votes on a salary - of £400 annually - for its members
  • Aug 14 General Leconte appointed temporary President of Haiti
  • Aug 14 United States Senate leaders begin to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.
  • Aug 15 Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening
  • Aug 19 NY Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times
  • Aug 21 "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 23 British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • Aug 24 Manuel d'Arriaga elected first president of Portugal
  • Aug 27 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0
  • Aug 28 45.7 cm rainfall at St George, Georgia (state record)
  • Aug 29 Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • Aug 31 Anthony Fokker's demonstrates aircraft "Snip"

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Kenneth Norman Joseph Loveless, priest folk musician
  • Aug 1 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), born in Quetta, India (d. 2005)
  • Aug 1 Jackie Ormes, American cartoonist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 3 Karel G Bakker, Dutch actor (Lady Windermere's Fan)
  • Aug 3 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (d. 1990)
  • Aug 5 Robert Taylor, Filley Neb, actor (Death Valley Days)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 6 Lucille Ball, American comedienne and actress (I Love Lucy, Mame), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1989)

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Aug 6 Norman Gordon, Souty African cricket pace bowler (against England 1938-39)
  • Aug 7 R Nicholas Ray, Galesville WI, director (Rebel Without a Cause)
  • Aug 8 Rosetta LeNoire, American actor (Grandma Winslow-Family Matters), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 9 Khurshed Meher-Homji, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936)
  • Aug 9 Robert McCormick, Danville Ky, NBC newscaster (Current Opinion)
  • Aug 9 William A Fowler, US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
  • Aug 9 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 10 A. N. Sherwin-White, English historian (d. 1993)
  • Aug 11 Alphonse de Waelhens, Flemish philosopher (Psychosis)
  • Aug 11 Benny Lee, entertainer
  • Aug 11 Henry Kulky, Hastings-on-Hudson NY, actor (Otto-Life of Riley)
  • Aug 11 Prem Bhatia, journalist
  • Aug 11 Ronald Batty, bookseller
  • Aug 11 Thanom Kittikachorn, general/premier Thailand (1958..73)
  • Aug 12 Cantinflas, [Mario Moreno], Mexico, actor (Around World in 80 Days)
  • Aug 13 William Bernbach, Famous Advertiser (d. 1982)
  • Aug 14 Ethel Lois Payne, American civil rights journalist and "1st Lady of the Black Press", born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 14 Jan Koetsier, composer
  • Aug 14 Pieter Platteel, last governor Neth New-Guinea
  • Aug 17 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince
  • Aug 17 Jan Lode Cantens, Flemish dramatist (God's Murderer)
  • Aug 20 Ronald Udell, England, production designer (Pinewood Studios)
  • Aug 22 Edith Atwater, Chic, actress (Phyllis-Love on a Rooftop)
  • Aug 22 Somerset de Chair, British writer, MP and poet, born in Somerset (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Albert Alberts, writer/journalist (French battle)
  • Aug 23 Birger Ruud, Norway, 90m ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1932, 36)
  • Aug 23 Carl Dolmetsch, director (Haslemere Festival)
  • Aug 23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • Aug 24 Karl AF Schiller, West German economist/SPD-minister
  • Aug 25 Jacopo Napoli, composer
  • Aug 25 Vo Nguyen Giap (Võ Nguyên Giáp), Vietnamese general and statesman, (d. 2013)
  • Aug 26 Lester Lanin, orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits)
  • Aug 27 Patience Edney, nurse/communist
  • Aug 27 Kay Walsh, British actress (d. 2005)
  • Aug 28 Jose Antonio Giron de Velasco, politician
  • Aug 28 Joseph MAH Luns, foreign minister/secr-general (NATO)
  • Aug 31 Hilde Jarecki, educationist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Konrad Duden, German linguist (Das, grosse Duden Lexicon), dies
  • Aug 5 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • Aug 8 William P. Frye, American politician (b. 1830)
  • Aug 9 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, dies following an unsuccessful operation to remove a throat tumor at 56
  • Aug 10 Carl Christian Lumbye, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 12 Jozef Israels, painter, dies
  • Aug 12 Petrus H Hugenholtz, Dutch reformist vicar (Levenslicht), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Karl Munzinger, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21 W R Wister, cricketer (USA v Canada 1859), dies