What Happened in August 1927

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • Aug 5 Phillies Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats
  • Aug 7 Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
  • Aug 7 US rum smuggler Horace Alderman kills 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 "Wings", the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 16 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 19 Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet state.
  • Aug 21 4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC)
  • Aug 22 Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers
  • Aug 27 Parks College, America's oldest aviation school, opens

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 41st U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall Shoemaker (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Andre Cools, Belgian minister of Budget/vice-premier
  • Aug 1 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London, England
  • Aug 2 Peter Swinnereton-Dyer, English mathematician, born in Ponteland, Northumberland
  • Aug 3 Enrique Pinella, composer
  • Aug 4 Jess Thomas, American tenor, born in Hot Springs, South Dakota (d. 1993)
  • Aug 5 Gunnar Bucht, composer
  • Aug 6 William David Ford, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965- )
  • Aug 7 Carl Switzer, IL, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang)
  • Aug 7 Edwin W Edwards, (Gov-La)
  • Aug 7 Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • Aug 8 Jim Weaver, (Rep-D-OR, 1975- )
  • Aug 8 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • Aug 8 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • Aug 9 Marvin Minsky, Artifical intelligence computer scientist (MIT)
  • Aug 9 Robert Shaw, England, actor (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday)
  • Aug 9 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • Aug 10 Vernon Washington, American actor (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11 James Eaton, Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Londonderry
  • Aug 11 Len Rempt-Halmmans de Jongh, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Aug 11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Porter Wagoner, country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), (d. 2007)
  • Aug 14 Frank Cvitanovich, filmmaker
  • Aug 14 Lord Whaddon, CEO (Daltrade & Skorimpex-Rind)
  • Aug 15 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 17 Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds)
  • Aug 17 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 18 Rosalynn Smith Carter, American 1st lady (1977-1981), born in Plains, Georgia
  • Aug 19 James T Broyhill, (Sen-R-NC, 1986)
  • Aug 20 Geriatric1927, English video blogger
  • Aug 20 Yootha Joyce, English actress (d. 1980)
  • Aug 21 Wilhelm Jr Killmayer, composer
  • Aug 21 Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 22 Aleksandar Obradovic, composer
  • Aug 23 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), born in Utrecht (d. 2017)
  • Aug 23 Houari Boumedienne, president of Algeria (1965-78)
  • Aug 23 John Hoskyns, director-general (Institute of Directors)
  • Aug 23 Martial Solal, composer
  • Aug 24 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist
  • Aug 24 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), born in Worchester, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Aug 24 David Ireland, Australian author (The Unknown Industrial Prisoner), born in Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 24 Harry Markowitz, American economist (Nobel 1990), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 25 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 26 Francois Leydet, sierra club (Last Redwoods)
  • Aug 26 Sam Massell, (Mayor-Atlanta)
  • Aug 26 B. V. Doshi, Indian architect
  • Aug 27 Hugh Byatt, British diplomat
  • Aug 27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German FR, equestrian (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 29 Marion Williams, US gospel singers (Stars of Faith)
  • Aug 30 Geoffrey Beene, Louisiana, dress designer (8 Coty Awards)
  • Aug 30 Pieter Willem Kee, composer
  • Aug 30 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 26 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (60) divorces artist Maude Noel after almost 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 4 John Dillon, Irish nationalist/British Lower house leader, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Tom Groube, cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies
  • Aug 13 James Curwood, US journalist/writer (Valley of Silent Men), dies at 49
  • Aug 17 Horace Alderman, American murderer, hanged
  • Aug 23 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Mass