On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1868

  • Aug 2 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1923)
  • Aug 5 Oskar Merikanto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1924)
  • Aug 6 Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (L'Otage-1909), born in Villeneuve-sur-Fère, France (d. 1955)
  • Aug 7 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • Aug 7 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (Poisson distribution) and economist, born in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)

Person of interestHugo Eckener

Aug 10 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, born in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1954)

Inventor and Zeppelin Commander Hugo Eckener
Inventor and Zeppelin Commander
Hugo Eckener
  • Aug 12 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • Aug 14 Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • Aug 16 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • Aug 20 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 1954)
  • Aug 22 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, born in Jamestown, NY (d. 1958)
  • Aug 25 Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1942)