What Happened in August 1902

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Building begins on Dutch public housing
  • Aug 1 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
  • Aug 4 The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens
  • Aug 8 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles

Royal Coronation

Aug 9 Edward VII of Great Britain crowned King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, succeeding his mother Queen Victoria

  • Aug 13 English cricket team beats Australia by one wicket in a famous victory at The Oval, in London

Historic Event

Aug 22 US President Theodore Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car

  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Englishman R.F. Doherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
  • Aug 31 Split skirt 1st worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Hendrik Johan Kruls, Dutch general and chief military authority (1944-46), born in Amsterdam (d. 1975)
  • Aug 1 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 Habib Bourguiba, 1st president of Tunisia (1957-87), born in Monastir, Regency of Tunisia (d. 2000)
  • Aug 3 Judson Laire, American stage and screen actor (I Remember Mama - "Papa"; Advise and Consent), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Aug 3 Ray Block, French orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason), born in Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1982)
  • Aug 3 Regina Jonas, German first woman rabbi, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • Aug 4 Clara Peller, Russian-American manicurist and commercial spokesperson (Wendy's - "Where's the beef?"), born in Imperial Russia (d. 1987)
  • Aug 4 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
  • Aug 5 Irene Rice Pereira, American abstract artist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • Aug 6 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)
  • Aug 6 Michal Vilec, Slovak composer, born in Bardejovská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia (d. 1979)
  • Aug 6 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • Aug 7 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)

Paul Dirac

Aug 8 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

  • Aug 9 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (New York Philharmonic, 1939), born in Marseille, France (d. 1991)
  • Aug 10 Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • Aug 10 Curt Siodmak, German-American novelist and screenwriter (Donovan's Brain; I Walked With A Zombie), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2000)

Norma Shearer

Aug 10 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, The Divorcee), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)

  • Aug 11 Alfredo Binda, Italian road cyclist (first to win Giro d'Italia x 5; World Road Race C'ship 1927, 30, 32), born in Cittiglio, Italy (d. 1986)
  • Aug 11 Christian Castries, French general (Dien Bien Phu)
  • Aug 11 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • Aug 13 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Aug 13 Bartoes [Albertus J. Wijstma], Dutch singer and cabaret performer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • Aug 13 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Aug 15 Jan Campert, Dutch resistance fighter and poet (Song the 18 dead), born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Aug 16 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1975)
  • Aug 16 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer (Double Bass Concerto), born in Wloclawek (d. 1967)
  • Aug 18 Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter, born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 18 Julius Kalaš, Czech composer (Nepokořenĺ -The Proud Ones), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1967)
  • Aug 19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)

Ogden Nash

Aug 19 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), born in Rye, New York (d. 1971) [1]

  • Aug 19 Vladimir Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory), born in Nalchik, Russia (d. 1938) [NS]
  • Aug 20 Ernest Marke, Sierra Leonean seaman and club owner (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 Renato Fasano, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Aug 22 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (History of Sussex), born in Broadstairs, Kent (d. 1993)

Leni Riefenstahl

Aug 22 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)

  • Aug 22 Thomas Pelly, American politician, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1973)

Carlo Gambino

Aug 24 Carlo Gambino, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1976)

  • Aug 24 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), born in Luméville, France (d. 1985)
  • Aug 25 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 27 Herbert Menges, English composer, born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1972)
  • Aug 30 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, born in Hanušovice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings

Cecil B. DeMille

Aug 16 Filmmaker Cecil B DeMille (21) weds actress Constance Adams (28) in Orange, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies
  • Aug 3 August Klughardt, German composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 7 Rudolf von Bennigsen, German lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 8 James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • Aug 10 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies
  • Aug 31 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73