On This Day

What Happened in August 1886

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Colombia adopts constitution

Sports History

Aug 12 W. G. Grace makes his highest Test Cricket score, scoring 170 vs Australia at The Oval

Historic Event

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

  • Aug 15 American MLB pitcher Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 18 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles

Historic Event

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"

  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive US singles title
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Isaac Keesing, Dutch publisher and founder (System Keesing), born in Amsterdam (d. 1966)
  • Aug 2 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia (d. 1961)
  • Aug 5 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)
  • Aug 6 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, born in Oberlin, Ohio (d. 1971)

Inez Milholland

Aug 6 Inez Milholland, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), labor lawyer and socialist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1916)

  • Aug 7 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • Aug 7 Bill McKechnie, American Baseball HOF manager (World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1940 Cincinnati Reds) and coach (World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Aug 8 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • Aug 8 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, born in Settimo Vittone, Italy
  • Aug 12 Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner (d. 1952)
  • Aug 13 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • Aug 15 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • Aug 19 Robert Heger, German composer and conductor, born in Strasbourg (d. 1978)
  • Aug 20 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung), born in Starzeddel, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1965)
  • Aug 23 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Aug 24 William Francis Gibbs, American naval architect, designed Liberty ships, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Aug 27 Eric Coates, English viola player and composer, born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire (d. 1957)
  • Aug 27 Rebecca Clarke, British-American violist and classical composer (Morpheus), born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)

Famous Weddings

Booker T. Washington

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Per August Olander, Swedish violinist, and composer (Blenda), 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, German 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 17 Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov, Russian chemist (discoverer of hexamine (1859)), dies at 57
  • Aug 22 Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Ferris Jacobs, Jr., American military officer and politician (US Representative from New York 1881-83), dies at 50