On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1897

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Historic Invention

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


Famous Birthdays

Fredric 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? 124 years, 2 months and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo