On This Day

What Happened in August 1884

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent

USAStatue of Liberty

Aug 5 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Aug 7 Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
  • Aug 11 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
  • Aug 12 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears makes it 4 straight US singles titles; beats Howard Taylor 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

Famous Photo1st Photograph of a Tornado

Aug 28 First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, South Dakota
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One of the 1st known photographs of a tornado, taken in 1884 by F.N. Robinson
One of the 1st known photographs of a tornado, taken in 1884 by F.N. Robinson
  • Aug 28 Mickey Welsh strikes out the 1st 9 men he faces

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Nanny Larsén-Todsen, Swedish opera singer, born in Hagby, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • Aug 2 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • Aug 3 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 1964)
  • Aug 4 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • Aug 7 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • Aug 8 Sara Teasdale, American poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
  • Aug 9 Maria "Mary" Beekman, Flemish actress (Genius against Violence), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (d. 1935)
  • Aug 12 Frank Arthur Swinnerton, English novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary)
  • Aug 13 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), born in Burnley, Lancashire, England (d. 1957)
  • Aug 16 Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • Aug 16 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), born in Luxembourg (d. 1967)
  • Aug 23 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), born in Auburn, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • Aug 23 Ogden L. Mills, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1927-1932), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • Aug 26 Earl Biggers, author ("Charlie Chan" detective series)
  • Aug 27 Harry Antrim, American actor (Miracle on 34th St, Devil's Doorway), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • Aug 27 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), born in Revel, France (d. 1966)

Person of interestPeter Fraser

Aug 28 Peter Fraser, British-born New Zealand statesman and 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940-49), born in Hill of Fearn, Scotland (d. 1950)

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser
  • Aug 29 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, born in Biesenbrow, Brandenburg (d. 1966)
  • Aug 30 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), born in Fleräng, Valbo, Gävleborg, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • Aug 31 George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Heinrich Laube, writer, dies
  • Aug 6 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • Aug 23 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), dies at 67