August 1887 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • Aug 10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse

Chemist and Inventor Dmitri Mendeleev
Chemist and Inventor
Dmitri Mendeleev

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (1914)
  • Aug 7 Jan HA Eman, Aruban politician
  • Aug 8 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • Aug 9 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate (wave mechanics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Aug 13 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • Aug 17 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
  • Aug 17 Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans
  • Aug 18 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • Aug 30 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter (d. 1943)
  • Aug 31 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian-British chemist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1808)
  • Aug 14 Richard Jeffries, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • Aug 19 Alvan Clark, American Astronomer and telescope maker, dies at 83
  • Aug 20 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), dies at 27