On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1897

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

British General Kitchener's army occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener

InventionHistoric Invention

Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestFredric March

Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • Marianne Bruns, German writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1994)
1897 Highlights

About August 31, 1897

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 123 years, 2 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo