August 1887 in History

Events in History

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Thomas Edison patents Kinetoscope, a device which produces moving pictures

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

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, physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, 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
  • Aug 30 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter (d. 1943)
  • Aug 31 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian/British chemist

Deaths in History

  • 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 (b. 1860)