What Happened in August 1924

Historical Events

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

Sport awardTennis Open

16th 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
  • 17th French-German trade agreement signed
  • 18th France begins withdrawing troops from the Ruhr
  • 23rd Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century
  • 25th International maritime treaty drawn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 26th 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)
  • 28th Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • 29th German parliament accepts Dawes plan

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Frank Worrell, cricketer (one of the three W's, inspiring WI captain)
  • 1st Jeffrey Segal, actor/playwright (Vanity Fair, Rest in Pieces)
  • 1st Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1st Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France
  • 2nd 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

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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