August 1896 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)
  • Aug 6 France annexes Madagascar
  • Aug 11 Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain
  • Aug 16 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek, Alaska by George Carmack
  • Aug 18 Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times
  • Aug 20 Dial telephone patented
  • Aug 23 First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila.
  • Aug 26 Armenian Revolutionary Federation assaults the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople to draw attention to the mass-pogroms and massacres of Armenians instigated by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid II
  • Aug 27 Britain defeated Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM)
  • Aug 29 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
  • Aug 30 Eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. Including provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite and Nueva Ecija
  • Aug 31 Louis Napoleon Parker's "Rosemary" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 8 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 9 Jean Piaget, Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
  • Aug 9 Leonide Massine, choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
  • Aug 9 Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • Aug 15 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 16 (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Udine Italy, Italian artist and activist
  • Aug 17 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
  • Aug 17 Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • Aug 21 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Rose of Jericho)
  • Aug 22 Laurence McKinley Gould, Lacota Michigan, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929
  • Aug 26 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 William Robert Grove, Welsh Physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
  • Aug 10 Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Aug 13 John Everett Millais, English painter, dies at 67
  • Aug 17 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • Aug 19 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)