August 1899 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 15 Louisville's Henry Dowling struck out 5 times in a game

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist
  • Aug 3 Sally Benson, novelist
  • Aug 4 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of Mormon Church and US Secretary of Agriculture (d. 1994)
  • Aug 9 Armand Salacrou, French playwright
  • Aug 9 Pamela Lyndon Travers, Queensland, Australia, writer (Mary Poppins), (d. 1996)
  • Aug 12 Alfred Kantorowicz, German historian (Spanish Diary)
  • Aug 19 Franz C. Schmelkes, Prague, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), widely used as a disinfectant to sterilize wounds and burns
  • Aug 20 Hanns Lilje, German Lutherian bishop/antifascist (Church und Welt)
  • Aug 24 Johan J Fabricius, Dutch novelist (Island of Demons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer of fiction and essays (Labyrinths), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1986)

  • Aug 24 Ruth Schaumann, German painter/writer (Rose, Black King)
  • Aug 26 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter
  • Aug 27 Cecil Scott Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower) (d. 1966)
  • Aug 29 Lyman L Lemnitzer, Marine Corps general (WW II)
  • Aug 31 Paul E Garber, US founder/1st curator of National Air & Space Museum

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 24 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

Deaths in History

  • Aug 9 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74
  • Aug 16 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen, German chemist (b. 1811)