What Happened in August 1938

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals)
  • Aug 5 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 7 Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 7 Nazis close theologic department of Innsbruck university
  • Aug 8 Great Trek Centenary Celebrations commence; the Great Trek was a migration involving Boers leaving the Cape Colony and settling in the interior of South Africa
  • Aug 8 6th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 10 119°F (48°C), Pendleton, Oregon (state record)
  • Aug 14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
  • Aug 17 1st aircraft owned by US Forest Service in service (Oakland)
  • Aug 17 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd & last grand slam

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 21 Italy bars all Jewish teachers in Public & High School
  • Aug 23 England score 7-903 declared v Australia, Len Hutton scores 364

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart
  • Aug 24 England beat Australia by an innings & 579 runs at The Oval
  • Aug 24 Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game
  • Aug 26 British leaders & Arabians fight in Palestine
  • Aug 26 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • Aug 27 Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51
  • Aug 27 Yanks Monte Pearson no-hits Indians 13-0, DiMaggio hits 3 triples
  • Aug 28 Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria
  • Aug 28 Northwestern University awards honorary degree to dummy Charlie McCarthy
  • Aug 28 On Connie Mack Day at Shibe Park, the A's win a doubleheader
  • Aug 31 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Brunhilde Hendrix, German FR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • Aug 2 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician
  • Aug 3 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 3 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • Aug 4 Ellen Schrecker, American college professor
  • Aug 5 Hayes Wendell Jones, Sturksville Mich, 110m hurdler (Oly-gold-1964)
  • Aug 6 Carry Tefsen, Dutch actress (Say A)
  • Aug 6 Paul Bartel, director/actor (Eating Raoul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 6 Peter Bonerz, Portsmouth NH, actor (Jerry-Bob Newhart Show, 9 to 5)
  • Aug 7 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist
  • Aug 7 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician/anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aug 8 Connie Stevens, Bkln, singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach)
  • Aug 8 Jacques Hetu, composer
  • Aug 9 Dick Anthony Williams, actor (Our Family Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9 Rod Laver, Australian tennis ace (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland,

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Aug 9 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • Aug 9 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
  • Aug 11 Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher
  • Aug 11 Allegra Kent, ballerina, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 11 Rainer Boesch, composer
  • Aug 11 Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist
  • Aug 12 Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
  • Aug 12 Jean-Paul L'Allier, Canadian Mayor of Quebec
  • Aug 13 Dave "Baby" Cortez, American pop keyboardist
  • Aug 14 Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 14 Niara Sudarkasa, [Gloria M Clark], educator/pres (Lincoln College)
  • Aug 14 Stuart McKinnon, high court judge
  • Aug 15 Maxine Waters, (Rep-D-California)
  • Aug 15 Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court justice
  • Aug 15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer
  • Aug 16 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Aug 17 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
  • Aug 17 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek politician
  • Aug 18 Joe Frank, American radio personality
  • Aug 19 Diana Muldaur, actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Gen, LA Law), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 19 Valentin Mankin, USSR, finn class yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Aug 20 Jean-Loup Jaques Marie Chretien, France, cosmonaut (T-6, TM-7, STS 86)
  • Aug 20 Alain Vivien, French politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 21 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Aug 22 Dale Hawkins, music writer (Suzy Q)
  • Aug 22 Paul Maguire, American football commentator
  • Aug 23 Roger Greenaway, composer
  • Aug 23 Ronny Cox, actor/singer (Robocop, Dr John Gideon-St Elsewhere)
  • Aug 24 David Freiberg, rock bassist (Quicksilver Messenger), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Aug 24 Mason Williams, Abilene Tx, writer (Smother Brothers Hour)
  • Aug 24 Halldór Blöndal, Icelandic politician
  • Aug 25 David Canary, actor (Bonanza, One Life to Live), born in Elwood, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Aug 25 Frederick Forsyth, author (Day of the Jackal, Deceiver, Odessa File)
  • Aug 26 Francine York, Aurora Minn, actress (Slattery's People)
  • Aug 26 Jet Black, English drummer, one of the founding members of The Stranglers

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 28 Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal: 2003-06), born in Windsor, Ontario

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
  • Aug 28 Maurizio Costanzo, Italian television journalist
  • Aug 29 Elliott Gould, actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 29 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Aug 30 Steve Delaney, Dobbs Ferry NY, newscaster (Monitor)
  • Aug 31 Martin Bell, British journalist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Alexander Malyschkin, writer, dies
  • Aug 4 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • Aug 4 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • Aug 4 Rudolf G Binding, German poet/writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
  • Aug 7 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russian director (S Method), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65
  • Aug 10 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Ludwig Borchardt, German egyptologist, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • Aug 14 J J Kelly, cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies
  • Aug 14 Landon Ronald, composer/pianist, dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • Aug 16 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • Aug 25 Aleksander Kuprin, Russian author (Jama), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)