August 1907 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 U.S. Army Signal Corps establish a small Aeronautical Division
  • Aug 1 Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) opens 1st branch at 3433 Mission Street, San Francisco
  • Aug 1 Signal Corps of US army starts aircraft division
  • Aug 1 First Scout camp opens on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset
  • Aug 3 Emperor Wilhelm (Germany) meets with Tsar Nicholas (Russia) to discuss Germany's plan to build a railroad to Baghdad; the discussion helps move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance
  • Aug 9 1st Boy Scout camp concludes at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Southern England
  • Aug 10 Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally
  • Aug 13 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen
  • Aug 14 "Ha-Tikva" adopted as official Zionist hymn
  • Aug 16 Mulay Hafid is proclaimed the Sultan of Morocco by supporters leading to civil war; Mulay is supported by Germany while France supports the existing Sultan
  • Aug 17 Bishop forbids Christian membership of Dutch Textile Union

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Aug 28 United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington.
  • Aug 29 The Quebec Bridge in St Lawrence, Canada collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.
  • Aug 31 Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet
  • Aug 31 Britain, Russia & France form Triple Entente

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Mary Hamman, American writer (d. 1984)
  • Aug 3 Ernesto Geisel, politician
  • Aug 7 Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • Aug 9 Berta Waterstradt, writer
  • Aug 12 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop
  • Aug 13 Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, Essen Germany, arms manufacturer
  • Aug 13 Sir Basil Spence, Scottish architect (d. 1976)
  • Aug 15 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Aug 17 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), born in Castres, Tarn (d. 2000)
  • Aug 19 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Stanley Devon, photographer
  • Aug 21 Miguel Torga [Adolfo Correia da Rocha], Portuguese writer (O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo), born in O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 Roy K Marshall, Glen Carbon Ill, TV scientist (Nature of Things)
  • Aug 22 Colin Buchanan, British town planner (Traffic in Towns), born in Simla, India (d. 2001)
  • Aug 22 Cyril Astley Clarke, British physician and geneticist, born in Leicester, England (d. 2000)
  • Aug 25 Desmond Flower, English publisher, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Aug 29 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • Aug 30 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 31 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (US Legion of Merit-1952), born in Iba, Zambales, Philippines (d. 1957)

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Aug 31 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Aug 31 Altiero Spinelli, Italian citizen and advocate of European federalism, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1986)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59
  • Aug 16 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • Aug 18 John Kerr, physicist (magneto-optic Kerr-effect), dies at 82
  • Aug 24 Pieter Louis Tak, writer (Chronicle), dies at 58