August 1900 in History

Events in History

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Aug 3 Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded.

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Aug 4 An allied expeditionary force, made up of Japanese, Russian, British, French and American troops, sets off from Tientsin for Peking, China, to put down Boxer rebellion
  • Aug 5 In Russia, anti-Jewish riots spread from Odessa into other parts of the country
  • Aug 7 Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
  • Aug 14 1st electric tram in Netherland (Leidseplein-Brouwersgracht)
  • Aug 15 The Boxer Rebellion: In China, the Empress, her family and court retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to quell the rebellion
  • Aug 15 Russian troops advance further unto Manchuria
  • Aug 20 Japan's primary school law is amended to provide for four years of mandatory schooling.
  • Aug 23 National Negro Business League organizes (Boston)
  • Aug 27 Battle of Bergendal: General Buller defeats the Boer under general Louis Botha
  • Aug 29 Gaetano Bresci, the assassin of King Umberto I of Italy, is tried and sentenced to life imprisonment; he will commit suicide in jail on 22 May 1901
  • Aug 30 Last 2,000 British prisoners in Nooitgedagt, South Africa, freed
  • Aug 31 British troops over run Johannesburg

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Arnoldus J N M Struycken, Dutch lawyer
  • Aug 3 Ernie Pyle, England, correspondent during WW II
  • Aug 3 John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
  • Aug 4 Arturo Umberto Illia, President of Argentina (1963-66)
  • Aug 4 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 4 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2002)

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Aug 6 Cecil H. Green, American geophysicist (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Taylor Caldwell, novelist
  • Aug 8 Josephine Holt Bay, 1st woman to head a firm on NY stock exchange
  • Aug 11 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • Aug 18 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist (d. 1964)

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Aug 18 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian diplomat and politician, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1990)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • Aug 19 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (d. 1976)
  • Aug 20 Edward J "Murt" O'Donoghue, snooker player, 1st witnessed 147 break
  • Aug 22 Sergei Ozhegov, Russian lexicographer (d. 1964)
  • Aug 26 Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (d. 1980)
  • Aug 29 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building/Centre Pompidou)
  • Aug 30 Franklin C Fry, US minister (Lutheran World Relief)
  • Aug 31 Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny

Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Isaac Levitan, Russian painter (b. 1860)
  • Aug 5 James Augustine Healy, African American Roman Catholic bishop, dies at 80
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German journalist/socialist, dies at 74
  • Aug 12 James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42
  • Aug 12 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  • Aug 16 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese writer, dies at 54
  • Aug 25 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1840)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 25 Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and philologist (Übermensch and the doctrine of eternal return), dies at 55

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Aug 28 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Women on University), dies