What Happened in August 1934

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 2 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it

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Aug 2 Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 2 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
  • Aug 3 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself "F├╝hrer" (leader)
  • Aug 4 NY Giants Mel Ott sets record of 6 runs in game & beats Phillies 21-4
  • Aug 4 2nd British Empire Games open in London, England
  • Aug 6 US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915

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Aug 7 US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce

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Aug 10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 11 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay
  • Aug 11 2nd British Empire Games close in London, England
  • Aug 16 US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915)
  • Aug 16 US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere

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Aug 18 Donald Bradman (244) and Ponsford score 451 in partnership in 316 minutes for Australia against England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 18 48th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-1, 6-3)
  • Aug 19 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 19 The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Aug 20 Ponsford out for 266 in his final Test Cricket match
  • Aug 22 Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
  • Aug 22 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yips Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • Aug 31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 J E F "John" Beck, cricketer (lefty bat in 8 Tests for NZ 1953-56)
  • Aug 2 Albert W Hall, actor (Apocalypse Now)
  • Aug 2 Carl Cecil Cain, Freeport Ill, basketball player (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Aug 2 Valery Bykovsky, cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
  • Aug 3 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler (d. 1989)
  • Aug 4 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • Aug 4 Jonas Savimbi, Angolian leader of Unita
  • Aug 4 Rutger Kopland, [Rutger van den Hoofdakker], Dutch poet
  • Aug 5 Vern Gosdin, Woodland Al, country singer (Set 'em Up Joe)
  • Aug 5 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer
  • Aug 6 John Storey Bonington, UK, mountain climber (Annapurna I in 1970)
  • Aug 6 Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, UK, sci-fi author (Chthon, Phthor)
  • Aug 6 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • Aug 8 Julian C Dixon, (Rep-D-California, 1979- )
  • Aug 10 James Carl Tenney, American composer, born in Silver City, New Mexico (d. 2006)
  • Aug 11 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and master of Clare College Cambridge, (d. 2015)
  • Aug 12 Kenneth Eaton, Controller (British Navy)
  • Aug 13 Gary Davidson, US sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • Aug 13 Leifur Thorarinsson, composer
  • Aug 14 Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • Aug 15 Reg Scarlett, WI cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • Aug 15 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sukhaya Tereshka, Russia (d. 1908)
  • Aug 15 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • Aug 16 Diana Wynne Jones, UK, sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet, Witch Week)
  • Aug 16 Ed van Thijn, (Jewish) Dutch foreign min/mayor (Amsterdam, 1983-94)
  • Aug 16 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • Aug 16 Ketty Lester, [Revoyda Frierson], US singer/actress (Love Letters)
  • Aug 16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland bat, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • Aug 16 Pierre Richard, French actor and director (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • Aug 17 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)

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Aug 18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 18 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2015)
  • Aug 18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer (Walk Hand in Hand), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Aug 19 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 19 David F Durenberger, Minn, (Sen-R-MN, 1978- )
  • Aug 19 Renee Richards, [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • Aug 19 William Cleary, hockey center, (Oly-gold/silv-56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
  • Aug 20 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, South Blend, IN, country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), (d. 2007)
  • Aug 21 Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist
  • Aug 22 Diana Sands, American actress (Raisin in the Sun, Doctor's Wife), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 22 Norman Schwarzkopf [Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf], US Army general (Gulf War), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Aug 22 John M Chowning, composer
  • Aug 22 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC)
  • Aug 23 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje
  • Aug 23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 24 Kenny Baker, English actor (R2D2-Star Wars), born in Solihull (d. 2016)
  • Aug 24 Roger Donald Dickerson, composer
  • Aug 25 John Stears, special effects expert (Dr No), born in Middlesex, England
  • Aug 25 Valery F. Bykovsky, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok V, Soyuz 22, 31/39), born in Pavlovsky Posad, Soviet Union
  • Aug 25 Lise Bacon, French-Canadian politician, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada
  • Aug 25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 25 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, born in Bahreman, Persia (d. 2017)
  • Aug 26 Arthur Gordon Clough, journalist
  • Aug 29 David H Pryor, (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • Aug 29 Gene Allison, US R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try)
  • Aug 29 Jean-Pierre Guezek, composer
  • Aug 29 John Guy, cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's)
  • Aug 30 B P "Baloo" Gupte, cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie)
  • Aug 30 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan)
  • Aug 31 Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Piotr Maszynski, composer, dies at 79

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Aug 2 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), dies of lung cancer at 86

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • Aug 3 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Aug 5 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • Aug 8 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • Aug 10 John Kane, Scottish/US miner/painter, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Hendrik P Berlage, architect (Stock exchange Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Oakland Tribune), dies at 61
  • Aug 28 Doris Ulmann, American photographer dies aged 52
  • Aug 30 Earnest L Wolzogen, German writer (That tolle Komtess), dies at 79
  • Aug 31 Jan Schaper, Dutch publicist and politician (SDAP), dies