What Happened on August 31, 1889

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Second International Electrical Congress adopts the joule as unit of energy (after James Prescott Joule), the watt as unit of power (after James Watt) and the quadrant as unit of electrical inductance (later renamed henry)

Famous Birthdays

  • Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lonsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
Born in 1889
1889 Highlights

About August 31, 1889

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 133 years, 8 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo