August 1904 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 3 British journalist Francis Younghusband visits forbidden city Lhasa
  • Aug 7 Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colo during a flash flood, kills 96
  • Aug 9 Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Angelo G Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) becomes a priest

  • Aug 10 Dutch newspaper Volk fires gay journalist Jacob de Cock
  • Aug 10 Battle of the Yellow Sea: Japanese fleet prevented Russians breaking out of Port Arthur
  • Aug 10 Higlanders Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
  • Aug 11 German-ltalian General Von Trotha defeats Herero in SW Africa
  • Aug 11 The Russian fleet in the harbor of at Port Arthur is exposed to Russian guns on the hill above the harbor; Russian ships attempt escape, but most are forced back into harbor by Japanese ships
  • Aug 16 NYC begins building Grand Central Station
  • Aug 17 George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia
  • Aug 18 Chris Watson resigns as Prime Minister of Australia and is succeeded by George Reid
  • Aug 23 Automobile tire chain patented
  • Aug 24 Battle of Liao-Yang-200,000 Japanese against 150,000 Russian, Japanese tactical victory

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Clifford D[onald] Simak, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station)
  • Aug 4 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography)
  • Aug 5 Kenneth Thimann, botanist
  • Aug 6 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman], author (Gelakte Brain)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 7 Ralph Bunche, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Aug 12 Aleksei N Romanov, son of Tsar Nicholas II [OS=July 30]
  • Aug 12 Frank Ervin, harness racer (Hambletonian 1959, 66)
  • Aug 16 Wendell Stanley, biochemist, 1st to crystallize a virus (Nobel 1946)
  • Aug 17 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • Aug 18 Max Factor Jr, CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)
  • Aug 18 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY)
  • Aug 18 [Francis] Max Factor, cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor)
  • Aug 19 Ted Nightingale, former colonial governor
  • Aug 20 Jaap [Jacob AW] Burger, chairman (PvdA)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), born in Guang'an, Sichuan (d. 1997)

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Aug 26 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Goodbye to Berlin), born in High Lane, Cheshire (d. 1986)
  • Aug 27 Norah Lofts, British author (d. 1983)
  • Aug 27 John Hay Whitney, American financier (d. 1982)
  • Aug 28 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer (d. 1980)
  • Aug 29 Werner Forssman, German urologist (Nobel 1956)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse

Deaths in History

  • Aug 9 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59
  • Aug 10 Pierre M Waldeck-Rousseau, French foreign minister (Dreyfus), dies
  • Aug 22 Kate O'Flaherty Chopin, American writer, dies at 54
  • Aug 25 William Hall, Canadian Royal Naval sailor (b. 1827)
  • Aug 29 Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876), dies