What Happened in August 1931

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
  • Aug 5 Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Aug 8 Wash Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0
  • Aug 12 Yangtzee River floods after heavy rain crumbles dikes in China
  • Aug 13 Cincinnati Red Tony Cuccinello goes 6 for 6
  • Aug 15 Ernest Lassy completes longest canoe journey without port (6,102 mi)
  • Aug 15 Roy Wilkins joined NAACP as asst secretary
  • Aug 15 Spakenburg soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 19 Lefty Grove wins AL record tying 16th consecutive game

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 20 45th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 21 Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 23 Count Gyula Károlyi becomes premier of Hungary
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight
  • Aug 24 France & USSR sign neutrality/no attack treaty

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Lucien E Blackwell, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • Aug 1 Monty Losowsky, prof of medicine (St James University England)
  • Aug 1 Ramblin' Jack Elliott, folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Sean O Riada, composer
  • Aug 1 Trevor Goddard, cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • Aug 2 Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)
  • Aug 2 Henryck Schiller, composer
  • Aug 2 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer
  • Aug 2 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 2 Pierre DuMaine, Catholic bishop
  • Aug 3 Alex Cord, [Viespi], actor (Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 4 Narendra Tamhane, dependable Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1950's)
  • Aug 7 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
  • Aug 8 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • Aug 9 Mark Weinberg, South African/British fiancier/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 9 Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • Aug 12 William Goldman, author
  • Aug 13 Bernard Manning, British comedian
  • Aug 13 Norman Read, NZ, 50K walker (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • Aug 13 Roy Evans, general sect (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation)
  • Aug 14 Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
  • Aug 14 Marylyn Roberts, librarian/founding member (WIC)
  • Aug 15 Janice Rule, Norwood Ohio, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife)
  • Aug 15 Mario Kuri-Aldana, composer
  • Aug 15 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 18 Henricus AFMO "Hans" van Mierlo, Dutch minister of Defense (D66)
  • Aug 18 Bramwell Tillsley, Canadian Salvation Army general
  • Aug 18 Dick White, English footballer
  • Aug 19 Willie Shoemaker, jockey (won 8,833 of 40,350 starts)
  • Aug 20 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
  • Aug 20 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
  • Aug 21 Gregg Smith, choral conductor and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 21 Nancy Hadley, actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 23 Richard Vincent, British chief of Defense

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 23 Barbara Eden, American actress (Dream of Jeannie), born in Tucson, Arizona

Actress Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden
  • Aug 25 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 26 Dane Skerl, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • Aug 26 Gordon Greig, journalist
  • Aug 26 Guy Vander Jagt, (Rep-R-MI, 1966- )
  • Aug 27 Sri Chinmoy, Indian guru (d. 2007)
  • Aug 27 Joe Cunningham, American baseball player
  • Aug 28 John Perkins, singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 28 John Shirley-Quirk, baritone (Death in Venice), born in Liverpool, England
  • Aug 28 Tito Capobianco, Argentinian stage impresario
  • Aug 29 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 29 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist
  • Aug 30 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT)
  • Aug 30 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 31 Dan Rather, news anchor (CBS-TV)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Aug 31 Noble [Henry] Willingham, Mineola, Texas, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 FBI agent Melvin Purvis (27) weds childhood sweetheart Marie Rosanne Willcox at St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 4 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon, dies at 73

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Aug 5 Ullrich Haupt, actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), dies at 43
  • Aug 6 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
  • Aug 19 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • Aug 20 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 27 Willem H Nolens, priest/2nd Chamber member, dies
  • Aug 27 Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • Aug 27 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • Aug 29 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder
  • Aug 31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies