What Happened in August 1890

Historical Events


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Aug 1 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Lundi

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • Aug 5 British & French accord to divide African colonization
  • Aug 6 Denton True "Cy" Young pitches and wins his 1st major league baseball game
  • Aug 6 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair
  • Aug 9 First 44 Javans arrive in Suriname to work 5 years on sugar plantations
  • Aug 14 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
  • Aug 16 Alexander Clark, journalist and lawyer, named minister to Liberia
  • Aug 25 Would be start of England/Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford washed out
  • Aug 27 10th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Henry Slocum (6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Pauline Hall, composer
  • Aug 2 Marin Sais, American actress (The Pony Express Girl), born in San Rafael, California (d. 1971)
  • Aug 4 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • Aug 4 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1957)
  • Aug 5 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 5 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (d. 1987)
  • Aug 5 Naum Gabo, [Pevsner], Russian/US sculptor (Stillife Flower)
  • Aug 9 Cesar Cortinas, composer
  • Aug 9 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist/philosopher
  • Aug 9 Sandor Jemnitz, composer
  • Aug 10 Angus L. MacDonald, Canadian politician (d. 1954)
  • Aug 11 Erich Wichman, Dutch fascist painter/sculptor
  • Aug 12 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • Aug 13 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia
  • Aug 15 Jacques Ibert, composer (Escales), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 15 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • Aug 15 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City
  • Aug 17 Harry L Hopkins, US politician (Loan & Lease law)
  • Aug 17 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)
  • Aug 18 Walther Funk, German economist and Nazi politician, born in Danzkehmen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1960)
  • Aug 19 Yves Alix, French painter/graphic artist
  • Aug 20 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • Aug 22 Floyd Henri Allport, American psychologist and sociologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1979)
  • Aug 24 Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer (Olympics-3 gold/2 silver-12, 20, 24), born in Waikiki, Honolulu County, Hawaii (d. 1968)
  • Aug 24 Franz Philipp, German composer, born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 24 Jean Rhys [Ella Gwendolyn Rees Williams], British writer (Voyage in the Dark), born in Roseau, Dominica (d. 1979)
  • Aug 26 Tommy Andrews, cricketer (NSW & Aussie player of the 1920's)
  • Aug 27 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Aug 28 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, born in Gloucester (d. 1937)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Louise Ackermann-Choquet, French author (Journal), dies at 76
  • Aug 11 John Henry Newman, English cardinal, dies at 89
  • Aug 22 Vasile Alecsandri, Romanian foreign minister, diplomat and poet, dies at 69