August 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Aug 14 Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed after it was began in 1248 - largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

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Aug 16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 7 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • Aug 8 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • Aug 10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 12 Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, author
  • Aug 21 Johan H Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/leader (OD)
  • Aug 22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (d. 1944)
  • Aug 22 Gorch Fock, German author and poet (d. 1916)
  • Aug 23 Alexander Grin, Russian writer (d. 1932)
  • Aug 24 Miles W L Killearn of Killearn, Scottish baron/diplomat
  • Aug 29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, Canada, lived past 117
  • Aug 31 Wilhelmina HPM, queen of the Netherlands (1898-1948)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)