August 1897 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • Aug 10 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
  • Aug 14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • Aug 17 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch (aka points)
  • Aug 19 1st electric taxis drive in London
  • Aug 21 Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division
  • Aug 30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.
  • Aug 31 General Kitchener occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • Aug 5 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7 Franz J Weinrich, [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Wyckoff, American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
  • Aug 10 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)
  • Aug 10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11 Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
  • Aug 11 Enid Blyton, children's writer and fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure)
  • Aug 12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 16 Robert Ringling, circus master
  • Aug 20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • Aug 26 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Marianne Bruns, writer

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 13 Antonius von der Linde, Neth/German librarian, dies at 63