August 1886 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Colombia adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Aug 15 Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
  • Aug 31 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Isaac Keesing, Dutch publisher/founder (System Keesing)
  • Aug 2 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian Aviator (d. 1961)
  • Aug 7 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • Aug 10 Hilda Doolittle, poet/prominent member of imagist movement
  • Aug 12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • Aug 13 Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter
  • Aug 20 Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
  • Aug 24 William Francis Gibbs, naval architect, designed Liberty ships

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

Deaths in History

  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • Aug 11 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
  • Aug 16 Swami Ramakrishna, Indies philosopher, dies at 50
  • Aug 22 Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)