What Happened in August 1886

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Colombia adopts constitution
  • Aug 12 W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval

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Aug 13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Aug 15 Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 18 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles

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Aug 20 Second Salon exhibition by Society of Independent Artists held in Paris; includes Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 28 6th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman (4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die
  • Aug 31 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Isaac Keesing, Dutch publisher/founder (System Keesing)
  • Aug 2 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian Aviator (d. 1961)
  • Aug 5 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)
  • Aug 6 Edward Ballantine, composer
  • Aug 7 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • Aug 8 Pietro Alessandro Yon, composer
  • Aug 10 Hilda Doolittle, poet/prominent member of imagist movement
  • Aug 12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • Aug 13 Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter
  • Aug 15 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • Aug 19 Robert Heger, composer
  • Aug 20 Paul Tillich, German/US theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung)
  • Aug 23 Gottfried Rudinger, composer
  • Aug 24 William Francis Gibbs, American naval architect, designed Liberty ships, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Aug 27 Eric Coates, Hucknall Nottinghamshire England, viola player/composer
  • Aug 27 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Per August Olander, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 6 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • Aug 10 Eduard Grell, German composer, dies at 85
  • Aug 11 Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
  • Aug 13 Adolf von Doss, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 16 Ramakrishna, Indian mystic and yogi, dies at 50
  • Aug 17 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • Aug 22 Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American politician (b. 1836)