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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 British General Kitchener's army occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener

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