August 1912 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 5 Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 7 Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for US President

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Aug 14 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • Aug 15 Yankee Guy Zinn sets record by stealing home twice in a game
  • Aug 19 Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Shepherd's Key" premieres
  • Aug 20 Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect
  • Aug 21 Mr Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of Univ of British Columbia
  • Aug 22 England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 NYC ticker tape parade for Jim Thorpe & victorious US Olympians

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Aug 24 District of Alaska becomes an organized incorporated territory of the United States
  • Aug 24 US passes Anti-gag law, federal employees right to petition government
  • Aug 25 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin
  • Aug 25 Different nationalities battle with each other in Macedonia
  • Aug 25 The Kuomintang, the Chinese nationalist party, is founded.
  • Aug 27 Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes "Tarzan of the Apes"

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Brian Keith-Lucas, political scientist
  • Aug 1 Masaya Hanai, businessamn
  • Aug 2 Bela Szigeti, theoretical physicist
  • Aug 2 Vladimir Zerjavic, Croatian statistician (d. 2001)
  • Aug 4 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved 10,000s of Jews)
  • Aug 4 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Mann, director (Willard, Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 10 Izaak Samkalden, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA)/mayor of Amsterdam
  • Aug 10 Jorge Amado, Brazilian writer (O Pais do Carnaval)
  • Aug 11 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)
  • Aug 13 Jan Peeters, Dutch water colors painter/monumental artist
  • Aug 13 Metten Koornstra, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • Aug 13 Salvador E Luria, Italian/US biologist (Nobel prize 1969)
  • Aug 14 Eva Strittmatter, writer
  • Aug 15 Julia Child, chef (French Chef), born in Pasadena, California
  • Aug 15 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • Aug 16 Marga AM Klompe, 1st Netherland woman elected minister
  • Aug 17 Edgar Fernhout, Dutch painter/son of Charley Toorop
  • Aug 18 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, born in Rome (d. 1985)
  • Aug 20 Philip Kapleau, founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven)
  • Aug 22 Edith Porada, art historian/archaeologist
  • Aug 22 Richard Catling, commissioner of police (Kenya)
  • Aug 23 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, born in Königgrätz, Bohemia (d. 2007)
  • Aug 23 Lord Kissin, president (GPG)
  • Aug 25 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany 1971-89), born in Neunkirchen (d. 1994)
  • Aug 27 Peter Gretton, British vice admiral
  • Aug 28 Ruurd Faber, mayor of Aalten (1971-75)
  • Aug 29 Emil Schumacher, German painter (Tangible Objects)
  • Aug 29 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian/Polish cinematographer
  • Aug 30 Edward M Purcell, US physicist (Nobel 1952)
  • Aug 30 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 British literary figure (author of "To the Lighthouse") Virginia Woolf (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 7 François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
  • Aug 20 William Booth, English minister/founder (Leader des Heils), dies
  • Aug 24 Alfred Berger, Austrian playwright, dies at 59