August 1881 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 US Quarantine Station authorized for Angel Island, SF Bay
  • Aug 3 Boers signs Convention of Pretoria: Transvaal semi-autonomous
  • Aug 4 122°F (50°C), Seville, Spain (European record)
  • Aug 27 Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Emilie Rose Macaulay, English writer
  • Aug 2 Ethel Mary Dell, English author (Storm Drift)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 5 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, born in Fort Scott, Kansas (d. 1942)

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 6 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland (d. 1955)

  • Aug 6 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (d. 1972)
  • Aug 8 Paul L E von Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front)
  • Aug 10 Albrecht M Sprenger, landbuilder
  • Aug 13 Jacqueline [Pierrette] R van Stuwe, [Eline v S], Dutch author
  • Aug 15 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • Aug 20 Edgar Albert Guest, poet/newspaperman, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 23 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Aug 29 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Marcus Andrews Hislop Clarke, author (His Natural Life) at 35
  • Aug 6 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), dies at 60