On This Day

What Happened in August 1907

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 U.S. Army Signal Corps establish a small Aeronautical Division

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) opens 1st branch at 3433 Mission Street, San Francisco

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • Aug 1 First Scout camp opens on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 2 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Aug 3 Emperor Wilhelm (Germany) meets with Tsar Nicholas (Russia) to discuss Germany's plan to build a railroad to Baghdad; the discussion helps move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance
  • Aug 4 Tour de France: Lucien Petit-Breton of France beats countryman Gustave Garrigou to win first of 2 Tour victories
  • Aug 7 MLB Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland
  • Aug 9 1st Boy Scout camp concludes at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Southern England
  • Aug 10 Prince Scipone Borchesi wins Beijing to Paris, 7,500 mile auto rally
  • Aug 11 St Louis Card Ed Karger pitches perfect game vs Braves, 4-0 in 7 inn
  • Aug 13 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen
  • Aug 16 Mulay Hafid is proclaimed the Sultan of Morocco by supporters leading to civil war; Mulay is supported by Germany while France supports the existing Sultan
  • Aug 17 Bishop forbids Christian membership of Dutch Textile Union
  • Aug 23 Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits NY Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game
  • Aug 24 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane : Australian Horace Rice beats Harry Parker of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds

Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician and Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Aug 28 United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington.
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Robert LeRoy 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 for his third US singles title
  • Aug 29 The Quebec Bridge over St Lawrence River collapses during construction, killing 75 workers
  • Aug 31 Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet
  • Aug 31 Britain, Russia & France form Triple Entente

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 2 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (Pictorial Review, Good Housekeeping), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1984)
  • Aug 3 Adrienne Ames, American actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1947)
  • Aug 3 Ernesto Geisel, 29th President of Brazil (1974-79), born in Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • Aug 3 Irene Tedrow, American actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr Novak), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • Aug 3 Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 7 Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • Aug 8 Benny Carter, American musician and composer (Easy Money, King Carter), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 9 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, born in Kattowitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • Aug 11 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (Australian Test player)
  • Aug 12 James Herbert Lloyd Morrell, bishop
  • Aug 12 Miguel Torga [Adolfo Correia da Rocha], Portuguese writer (O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo), born in São Martinho de Anta, Portugal (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • Aug 13 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1967)
  • Aug 13 Basil Spence, British architect, born in Bombay, India (d. 1976)
  • Aug 14 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 15 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • Aug 16 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Aug 17 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • Aug 17 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), born in Castres, Tarn (d. 2000)
  • Aug 18 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), born in Sheppey, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 18 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • Aug 18 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, born in Copenhagen (d. 1986)
  • Aug 19 Zygmunt Mycielsky, Polish composer and music critic, born in Przeworsk, Austrian Galicia (d. 1987) [1]
  • Aug 19 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • Aug 19 Jiří Srnka, Czech classical and film score composer, born in Písek, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Alan Reed, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Aug 20 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Aug 20 Stanley Devon, British photographer (British press photographer of the year 1948, 50) (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 Roy K. Marshall, American astronomer and TV scientist (Nature of Things)
  • Aug 21 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • Aug 22 Colin Buchanan, British town planner (Traffic in Towns), born in Simla, India (d. 2001)
  • Aug 22 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), born in Kipling, Alabama (d. 1971)
  • Aug 22 Cyril Astley Clarke, British physician and geneticist, born in Leicester, England (d. 2000)
  • Aug 25 Desmond Flower, English publisher, born in London (d. 1997)
  • Aug 28 Phil Edwards, Canadian-Guyanese runner (Olympic bronze 1928, 32, 36), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 1971)
  • Aug 29 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • Aug 30 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 31 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1963-75), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2007)

Person of interestRamon Magsaysay

Aug 31 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (US Legion of Merit-1952), born in Iba, Zambales, Philippines (d. 1957)

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Aug 31 William Shawn, American magazine editor (New Yorker, 1952-87), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • Aug 31 Altiero Spinelli, Italian citizen and advocate of European federalism, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1986)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 August Saint-Gaudens, Irish/US sculptor (Mrs Henry Adams), dies at 59
  • Aug 5 Gentil Theodoor Antheunis, Flemish poet, dies at 66
  • Aug 15 Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), dies at 76
  • Aug 16 James Hector, Scottish geologist (b. 1834)
  • Aug 18 John Kerr, Scottish physicist and pioneer in the field of electro-optics (electro-visually Kerr-effect), dies at 82
  • Aug 24 Pieter Louis Tak, writer (Chronicle), dies at 58