August 1918 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 British troops enter Vladivostok
  • Aug 2 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
  • Aug 3 The first allied troops land at Archangel, the Russian port on the White Seas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Adolf Hitler receives the Iron Cross first class for bravery on the recommendation of his Jewish superior, Lieutenant Hugo Gutmann

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 6 Ferdinand Foch becomes Marshal of France during WWI
  • Aug 6 World War I: Second Battle of the Marne ends
  • Aug 8 WW I: The Battle of Amiens begins - Canada/Australian/British breakthrough with 600 tanks
  • Aug 8 6 US soldiers are surrounded by Germans in France, Alvin York is given command & shoots 20 Germans & captures 132 more
  • Aug 9 Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him "for indifferent play"
  • Aug 12 WW I: Allies defeat Germans at the Battle of Amiens - the last great battle on the Western Front
  • Aug 13 Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) established as a public company in Germany
  • Aug 16 US troops overrun at Archangelsk by Bolshevik troops
  • Aug 17 British troops attack Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Aug 17 Samuel Riddle buys Man o'War for $5,000
  • Aug 17 Turkish troops overthrow Caukasus
  • Aug 17 Bolshevik revolutionary leader Moisei Uritsky is assassinated
  • Aug 20 WW I: Britain opens offensive on Western front
  • Aug 26 W Smith & F Bacon's "Lightnin'" premieres in NYC
  • Aug 27 Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of Army
  • Aug 27 Dr Joseph L Johnson named as US minister to Liberia
  • Aug 28 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on ump Tom Connolly
  • Aug 29 Bapaume taken by Australian Corps and Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days Offensive
  • Aug 30 Czechoslovakia forms independent republic

MurderAssassination Attempt

Aug 30 Fanya Kaplan attempts but fails to assassinate Lenin, new leader of Soviet Russia

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, born in Carmarthenshire (d. 1999)
  • Aug 3 James MacGregor Burns, political writer (The Lion & the Fox)
  • Aug 3 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official (d. 1999)
  • Aug 4 Iceberg Slim (a.k.a. Robert Beck), American author (d. 1992)
  • Aug 5 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • Aug 7 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter
  • Aug 10 Eugene Wilkinson, naval officer (first nuclear sub commander), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross, born in Simla, India (d. 1944)

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • Aug 13 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal
  • Aug 13 Frederick Sanger, England, biochemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)
  • Aug 13 John Bunting, senior civil servant
  • Aug 15 Fay Honey Knopp, activist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 20 Jacqueline Susann, author (Valley of the Dolls), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)

  • Aug 22 Mary McGrory, American journalist (d. 2004)
  • Aug 24 Ray McIntire, chemical engineer
  • Aug 24 Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala (d. 2004)
  • Aug 27 Lord Winstanley, physician/British MP (Labour)
  • Aug 28 Alejandro Lanusse, army officer/politician
  • Aug 29 Jelle Zijlstra, economist/minister/pres Netherlands Bank

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Albert P Hahn, Dutch political cartoonist (Het Volk), dies at 41
  • Aug 10 Erich Lowenhardt, Germany flying ace of World War I (b. 1897)
  • Aug 22 Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
  • Aug 29 Max Dauthendey, writer, dies at 51
  • Aug 31 Joe English, Irish/Flemish signaler (WW I), dies at 36