August 1924 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game
  • Aug 5 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts
  • Aug 8 British-Russian trade agreement signed
  • Aug 11 1st newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken
  • Aug 16 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
  • Aug 16 Dutch-Turkish peace treaty signed
  • Aug 17 French-German trade agreement signed
  • Aug 18 France begins withdrawing troops from the Ruhr
  • Aug 23 Mars' closest approach to Earth since 10th century
  • Aug 25 International maritime treaty drawn
  • Aug 26 The Catastrophe of Smyrna: known as the Asia Minor Catastrophe to Greeks. The Ottoman army expels Greeks and other non-Turks from Asia Minor. (August 13 OS)
  • Aug 28 Georgian opposition stages the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.
  • Aug 29 German parliament accepts Dawes plan

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 31 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:06.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 2 James Baldwin, American author (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1987)

  • Aug 3 Leon Uris, novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Aug 3 Max van der Stoel, Dutch Foreign minister (PvdA)
  • Aug 12 Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, leader of Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • Aug 13 John Milne, CEO (Blue Circles Industries)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 15 Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum president, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • Aug 15 Robert Oxton Bolt, playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago)
  • Aug 17 Evan S Connell, US writer
  • Aug 17 Helen Wallis, cartographer/librarian
  • Aug 17 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Kunst & Vliegwerk)
  • Aug 17 Evan Connell, author (The Patriot), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • Aug 18 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1977-88)[or Aug 12]
  • Aug 21 Gerald D Lascelles, son of English princess Mary
  • Aug 22 Peter Allsop, publisher
  • Aug 23 Denis Sargan, econometrician
  • Aug 23 Ephraim Kishon, writer
  • Aug 23 Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia
  • Aug 27 David Rowbotham, Australian poet
  • Aug 28 Janet Frame, NZ, novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry)
  • Aug 29 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)

Weddings in History

  • Aug 28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)

Deaths in History

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Joseph Conrad
  • Aug 9 Jacob P Vis, Dutch founder (NV Royal Salt Industries), dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Pavel S "Paul" Urysohn, Russian mathematician, drowns at 26
  • Aug 25 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)