On This Day

What Happened in August 1906

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Brooklyn Superbas MLB pitcher Harry McIntire no-hits Pittsburgh for 10 2/3 innings but loses in 13th, 1-0 on an unearned run
  • Aug 2 Chicago White Sox beat Boston Americans, 3-0 to start AL record 19 game MLB win streak
  • Aug 3 Washington Nationals' Tom Hughes becomes first MLB pitcher to win a 1-0 extra innings game off his own home run in 10th v St. Louis Browns
  • Aug 10 Pope Pius X bans Associations cults

Historic Event

Aug 13 Black soldiers accused of raid Brownsville, Texas; despite support from local commanding officers, President Theodore Roosevelt orders dishonorable discharge for 167 soldiers; all were cleared of wrongdoing in 1972, 165 posthumously

  • Aug 13 Chicago Cub's pitcher Jack Taylor ends a string of completing 202 MLB games (187 complete, 15 relief) against Brooklyn Superbas in 3rd inning of an 11-3 win at Washington Park, NYC
  • Aug 15 1st freight delivery tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago

Historic Event

Aug 15 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits German Emperor Wilhelm II to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces

  • Aug 16 -17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
  • Aug 22 1st Victor Victrola manufactured
  • Aug 23 Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Washington Senators, 4-1 at American League Park
  • Aug 23 Cuba's 1st president Tomés Estrada Palma asks for US intervention
  • Aug 24 Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
  • Aug 29 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Clothier beats defending champion Beals Wright 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
  • Aug 30 Hal Chase becomes 1st NY Yankee to hit three triples in a game
  • Aug 30 NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), born in Oxford, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 1 Nathan Perelman, Soviet Russian pianist and pedagogue, born in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 2002)
  • Aug 2 Albert Goodwin, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 3 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Adriaan & Olivier), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • Aug 4 Marie-Jose von Saksen-Coburg, Belgian Princess (last Queen of Italy), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 2001)
  • Aug 5 Francis Walder [Francois Waldburger], Belgian author
  • Aug 5 John Huston, American director and writer (African Queen, Chinatown), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • Aug 5 Wassely Leontief, Russian American economist (Nobel 1973), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Aug 6 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • Aug 6 Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (d. 1984)
  • Aug 7 Gerhard Frommel, German composer and pedagogue, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1984)
  • Aug 8 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • Aug 10 Robert De Kers [Keersmaeker], Belgian jazz trumpeter and bandleaders, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • Aug 12 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1985)
  • Aug 12 Tedd Pierce, American cartoon screenwriter and voice actor (Warner Brothers), born in Quogue, New York (d. 1972)
  • Aug 15 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • Aug 15 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • Aug 16 Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89), born in Schloss Frauenthal, Deutschlandsberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • Aug 17 Hazel Bishop, American chemist and cosmetics manufacturer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Aug 17 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), born in Graça, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1980)
  • Aug 18 Andre Van Gyseghem, English actor (Search for the Nile), born in Eltham, Kent, England (d. 1979)
  • Aug 19 Philo T. Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • Aug 19 Eddie Durham, American pioneering jazz electric guitarist, trombonist (Count Basie; Jimmie Luceford), composer ("Topsy"; "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"), and bandleader (All-Star Girl Orchestra), born in San Marcos, Texas (d. 1987)
  • Aug 20 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), born in London, England (d.2000)
  • Aug 21 Joachim Homs, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 2003)
  • Aug 21 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, French advertising magnate and Founder of Publicis Groupe, born in Enghien-les-Bains, France (d. 1996)
  • Aug 25 Eugen Gerstenmaier, German politician (CDU), born in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany (d. 1986)
  • Aug 25 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), born in London (d. 1997)
  • Aug 25 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), born in Corsham, Wiltshire (d. 1979)

Albert Sabin

Aug 26 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, born in Bialystok, Russian Empire (d. 1993)

  • Aug 26 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), born in Naval, Biliran, Philippine Islands (d. 1981)

Ed Gein

Aug 27 Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

  • Aug 28 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), born in London (d. 1984)
  • Aug 28 Leslie Dwyer, English actor (Hi-de-Hi!), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • Aug 28 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skating coach (1952, 56, 60 Winter Olympics; father of triple gold medallist Ard), born in Wieringerwaard, Hollands Kroon, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Aug 29 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), born in Pleasant Lake, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • Aug 29 Joe Sawyer [Sauers], Canadian actor (Adventures of Rin Tin Tin - "Sgt. Biff O'Hara"), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1980)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, born in London (d. 2002)
  • Aug 30 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Aug 31 Vivienne Byerley, publicist

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 24 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, dies
  • Aug 30 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, dies at 59