August 1901 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited
  • Aug 6 Kiowa land in Oklahoma is opened for white settlement, effectively dissolving the contiguous reservation.
  • Aug 9 34-35°N/98-99°W open for US colonization
  • Aug 12 Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony
  • Aug 14 SS Islander hits iceberg near Alaska & sinks killing 70
  • Aug 14 The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.
  • Aug 15 Arch Rock, a danger to San Francisco Bay shipping, blasted with 30 tons of nitro
  • Aug 15 Great Britain issues a proclamation calling on the Boers to surrender by 15 September or face banishment and confiscation of their property
  • Aug 17 The Royal Titles Act adds the words 'and the British Dominions beyond the Seas' to the monarch's style
  • Aug 20 The Fawcett Commission visits Mafeking concentration camp in Cape Colony
  • Aug 21 Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching & spitting on an umpire
  • Aug 22 Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
  • Aug 30 Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Stefan Wyszynski, Polish cardinal
  • Aug 8 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)
  • Aug 14 James Pitman, Bath England, educator/publisher/phonetic speller
  • Aug 15 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
  • Aug 15 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (d. 1973)
  • Aug 15 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet, critic and translator (Nobel 1959), born in Modica, Italy (d. 1968)

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • Aug 23 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, journalist/policeman
  • Aug 23 John Sherman Cooper, (Sen-Ky)
  • Aug 26 Gen Maxwell D Taylor, former US Army chief of staff
  • Aug 26 Jan de Quay, Dutch minister of war/premier (KVP, 1959-63)
  • Aug 26 Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • Aug 30 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 30 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Victoria, Emperor of Germany/Queen of Prussia, dies at 60
  • Aug 11 Francesco Crispi, Italian minister of War/premier, dies at about 82
  • Aug 12 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  • Aug 15 Karl Weinhold, Germany, sociologist, dies at 77
  • Aug 25 Clara Maass, army nurse sacrificied her life at 25 to prove that the mosquito carries yellow fever