Historical Events in August 1897

  • Aug 3 John McNally's musical "Good Mr Best" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 4 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • Aug 10 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
  • Aug 14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • Aug 17 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch (aka points)
  • Aug 19 1st electric taxis drive in London
  • Aug 21 Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division
  • Aug 23 17th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves (4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2)
  • Aug 27 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Wash Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • Aug 30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
  • Aug 31 General Kitchener occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

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Aug 31 Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison