What Happened in August 1912

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 18th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 294 at CC of Buffalo NY
  • Aug 5 Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 7 Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for US President

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Aug 14 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • Aug 15 Yankee Guy Zinn sets record by stealing home twice in a game
  • Aug 19 Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Shepherd's Key" premieres
  • Aug 20 Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect
  • Aug 20 Wash Senator Carl Cushion no-hits Cleve Indians, 2-0 in 6 innings
  • Aug 21 Mr Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of Univ of British Columbia
  • Aug 22 England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Aug 24 District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
  • Aug 24 US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition government
  • Aug 25 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin
  • Aug 25 Different nationalities battle with each other in Macedonia
  • Aug 25 The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 26 Walter Johnson's 16-game winning streak ends

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Aug 26 32nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Maurice McLoughlin beats Wallace F. Johnson (3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Aug 27 Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes "Tarzan of the Apes"
  • Aug 30 St Louis Brown Earl Hamilton no-hits Detroit Tigers, 5-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Brian Keith-Lucas, political scientist
  • Aug 1 Henry Jones, actor (Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 1 Masaya Hanai, businessamn
  • Aug 2 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Aug 2 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist
  • Aug 2 Vladimir Zerjavic, Croatian statistician (d. 2001)
  • Aug 4 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • Aug 4 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)
  • Aug 4 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Mann, director (Willard, Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 10 Herman Strategier, Dutch organist/composer/conductor
  • Aug 10 Izaak Samkalden, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA)/mayor of Amsterdam
  • Aug 10 Jorge Amado, Brazilian writer (O Pais do Carnaval)
  • Aug 10 Richard Reeves, actor (Murph-Date With an Angel), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 10 Romain Maes, Belgian bicylist (Tour de France 1935)
  • Aug 11 Jean Parker, Butte Mont, actress (Beyond Tomorrow, Little Women)
  • Aug 11 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Samuel Fuller, Worchester Mass, actor (Return to Salem's Lot)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 13 Ben Hogan, American PGA golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53), born in Stephenville, Texas (d. 1997)

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan
  • Aug 13 Jan Peeters, Dutch water colors painter/monumental artist
  • Aug 13 Max Croiset, playwright/director/actor (Dog of Flanders, Little Ark)
  • Aug 13 Metten Koornstra, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • Aug 13 Rita Johnson, Worcester Mass, actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give)
  • Aug 13 Salvador E Luria, Italian/US biologist (Nobel prize 1969)
  • Aug 14 Eva Strittmatter, writer
  • Aug 15 Julia Child, chef (French Chef), born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 15 Wendy Hiller, England, actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield)
  • Aug 15 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • Aug 16 Marga AM Klompe, 1st Netherland woman elected minister
  • Aug 16 Ted Drake, English footballer (d. 1995)
  • Aug 17 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
  • Aug 18 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, born in Rome (d. 1985)
  • Aug 20 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • Aug 21 Bruce Trent, British singer and actor, born in St. Helier, Channel Islands (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
  • Aug 22 Edith Porada, art historian/archaeologist
  • Aug 22 Richard Catling, commissioner of police (Kenya)
  • Aug 23 Gene Kelly, Pitts, dancer/actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way)
  • Aug 23 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, born in Königgrätz, Bohemia (d. 2007)
  • Aug 23 Lord Kissin, president (GPG)
  • Aug 24 Durward Kirby, TV announcer (Garry Moore Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 25 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany 1971-89), born in Neunkirchen (d. 1994)
  • Aug 27 Peter Gretton, British vice admiral
  • Aug 28 Ruurd Faber, mayor of Aalten (1971-75)
  • Aug 29 Barry Sullivan, actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 29 Emil Schumacher, German painter (Tangible Objects)
  • Aug 29 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian/Polish cinematographer
  • Aug 29 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean runner (d. 2002)
  • Aug 30 Edward M Purcell, US physicist (Nobel 1952)
  • Aug 30 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent
  • Aug 31 Ramon Vinay, operatic tenor/baritone
  • Aug 31 Reinoud Anders, [Lady Blits], Dutch actor (Hamlet)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 British literary figure (author of "To the Lighthouse") Virginia Woolf (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 7 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
  • Aug 13 Jules EF Massenet, French opera composer (Werther, Manon), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Alfonse Hasselmans, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 20 William Booth, English minister/founder (Leader des Heils), dies
  • Aug 24 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59