What Happened in August 1924

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game
  • Aug 3 Cyclist Piet Moeskops regains world sprint championist
  • Aug 5 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts
  • Aug 8 British-Russian trade agreement signed
  • Aug 11 1st newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken
  • Aug 16 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
  • Aug 16 Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 16 38th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-1, 6-3)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 17 French-German trade agreement signed
  • Aug 18 France begins withdrawing troops from the Ruhr
  • Aug 23 Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century
  • Aug 25 International maritime treaty drawn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Wash Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Aug 26 The Catastrophe of Smyrna: known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor. (August 13 OS)
  • Aug 28 Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • Aug 29 German parliament accepts Dawes plan

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 31 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:06.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Frank Worrell, cricketer (one of the three W's, inspiring WI captain)
  • Aug 1 Jeffrey Segal, actor/playwright (Vanity Fair, Rest in Pieces)
  • Aug 1 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (d. 2007)
  • Aug 1 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 2 Carroll O'Connor, actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 2 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • Aug 2 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger (d. 2005)
  • Aug 3 Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 3 Max van der Stoel, Dutch Foreign minister (PvdA)
  • Aug 8 Thomas Beversdorf, composer
  • Aug 10 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), born in Fort Worth, TX, (d. 2014)
  • Aug 11 Arlene Dahl, American actress and TV panelist (Ambush), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 12 Derek Shackleton, England cricket pace bowler (50's)
  • Aug 12 Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, leader of Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • Aug 13 John Milne, CEO (Blue Circles Industries)
  • Aug 14 Georges Prêtre, French conductor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 15 Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum president, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • Aug 15 Robert Oxton Bolt, playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago)
  • Aug 17 Evan S Connell, US writer
  • Aug 17 Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
  • Aug 17 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • Aug 17 Laurence Richard Deniz, jazz guitarist
  • Aug 17 Evan Connell, author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • Aug 18 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1977-88)[or Aug 12]
  • Aug 19 William Marshall, actor (Blacula, Something of Value), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Aug 21 Gerald D Lascelles, son of English princess Mary

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 21 Jack Buck, American sports announcer (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 2002)

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Jack Buck
  • Aug 21 Jack Weston, American actor (d. 1996)
  • Aug 22 Andrzej Markowski, composer
  • Aug 22 James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Hired Wife), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Peter Allsop, publisher
  • Aug 23 Denis Sargan, econometrician
  • Aug 23 Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer
  • Aug 23 Ephraim Kishon, writer
  • Aug 23 Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia
  • Aug 24 Louis Teicher, pianist (Ferante & Teicher-Exodus)
  • Aug 26 Alex Kellner, baseball player (d. 1996)
  • Aug 27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet
  • Aug 28 Janet Frame, NZ, novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry)
  • Aug 28 Peggy Ryan, actress (Jenny-Hawaii Five-0), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 28 Tony MacGibbon, NZ cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's)
  • Aug 28 Vilayat Khan, composer
  • Aug 29 Dinah Washington, singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 29 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • Aug 29 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter (d. 2005)
  • Aug 30 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], Fairfield, Texas, jazz trumpeter, (d. 1972)
  • Aug 31 Buddy [Leonard] Hackett, Bkln, comedian (God's Little Acre, Music Man)
  • Aug 31 Klaus Hashagen, composer

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
  • Aug 6 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Camille Zeckwer, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 9 Jacob P Vis, Dutch founder (NV Royal Salt Industries), dies at 66
  • Aug 13 Julian Aguirre, composer, dies at 56
  • Aug 17 Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26
  • Aug 17 Tom Kendall, cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • Aug 25 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)