What Happened in August 1887

Historical Events

  • Aug 2 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • Aug 10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 19 Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse

Chemist and Inventor Dmitri Mendeleev
Chemist and Inventor
Dmitri Mendeleev
  • Aug 21 Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants
  • Aug 30 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • Aug 3 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (The Soldier), born in Rugby, England (d. 1915)
  • Aug 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), born in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1972)
  • Aug 6 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (d. 1957)
  • Aug 7 Jan HA Eman, Aruban politician
  • Aug 7 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Aug 8 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Aug 8 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • Aug 8 Malcolm Keen, British actor ( The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), born in Bristol, England (d. 1970)
  • Aug 8 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), born in Falkenburg, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1931)
  • Aug 9 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)

Person of interestErwin Schrödinger

Aug 12 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate (wave mechanics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Aug 13 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • Aug 14 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • Aug 17 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
  • Aug 17 Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans
  • Aug 18 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • Aug 23 Jo Sternheim, Dutch actor and playwright (Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • Aug 24 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • Aug 25 Olav Fartein Valen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1952)
  • Aug 26 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer
  • Aug 28 Daniel Zamudio, Columbian organist, composer and folklorist, born in Bogata (d. 1952)
  • Aug 30 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Aug 31 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian-British chemist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1958)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, dies at 79
  • Aug 14 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • Aug 17 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 18 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
  • Aug 20 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), dies at 27
  • Aug 27 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74