What Happened in August 1895

Historical Events

  • Aug 10 1st Queen's Hall Promenade Concerto (Wagner's "Rienzi")
  • Aug 19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
  • Aug 20 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Norwood Builder" (BG)
  • Aug 25 15th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Hovey beats Robert Wrenn (6-3, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Aug 26 Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power
  • Aug 29 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
  • Aug 30 Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education
  • Aug 31 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Benjamin E Mays, SC, African American educator (Morehouse, Howard University)
  • Aug 2 Matthew Henderson, cricketer (lefty pace bowler in NZ's 1st Test)
  • Aug 3 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (An Old Man's Folly), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1941)
  • Aug 7 Edward Gill, baseball player
  • Aug 9 Fred Badcock, cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches)
  • Aug 9 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • Aug 10 Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian author and satirist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1958)
  • Aug 10 Hammy Love, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1969)
  • Aug 13 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • Aug 13 Robert Burton, American actor (The Big Heat, Compulsion, A Man Called Peter), born in Eastman, Georgia (d. 1962)
  • Aug 14 Jack Gregory, cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years)
  • Aug 16 Jacinto Guerrero, composer
  • Aug 16 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • Aug 16 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1981)
  • Aug 16 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • Aug 19 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer
  • Aug 22 Paul Taylor White, composer (Adante & Rondo for Cello), born in Bangor, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Aug 22 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, born in Pierreville, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • Aug 24 Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston (1944-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • Aug 31 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Aug 5 Friedrich English, German textile manufacturer/marxist, dies
  • Aug 5 Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher (Communism), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Christian B Freiherr von Tauchnitz, German publisher (T Edition), dies
  • Aug 19 John Wesley Hardin, American gunfighter (b. 1853)
  • Aug 24 John F Loudon, entrepreneur/colonial director, dies at 74