On This Day

What Happened in August 1909

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic
  • Aug 2 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
  • Aug 2 US issues 1st Lincoln penny

Sports History

Aug 3 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

  • Aug 6 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip
  • Aug 11 SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Aug 11 Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test

Historic Event

Aug 18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President William Howard Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

  • Aug 19 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucester
  • Aug 26 Middlesex beat Gloucester (Bristol) at cricket by an innings & 31 runs in a single day
  • Aug 27 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jack Chesbro's final game for NY Highlanders; 17-6 loss to the Tigers at Bennett Park, Detroit
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats William Clothier 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1 for his 3rd straight & 5th overall US singles title
  • Aug 29 AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
  • Aug 29 World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins
  • Aug 30 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott
  • Aug 31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Swedish runner Thure Johansson runs world record marathon (2:40:34.2) in Stockholm

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Nigel Henderson, British Royal Navy admiral (d. 1993)
  • Aug 2 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Aug 2 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • Aug 4 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 4 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Aug 5 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • Aug 8 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • Aug 9 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • Aug 9 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German lawyer and diplomat, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1944)
  • Aug 10 Brian Easdale, composer
  • Aug 10 Claude Thornhill, American pianist, arranger (Andre Kostelanetz; Tony Bennett), composer ("Snowfall"), and bandleader ("A Sunday Kind of Love"), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • Aug 10 George W Crockett Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1980- )
  • Aug 10 Julio A Abraham, president (Democratic Party Bonaire)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, American inventor, and electric guitar designer (Telecaster; Stratocaster; Precision Bass), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 10 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
  • Aug 11 Gaston Gilbert Litaize, composer
  • Aug 11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • Aug 11 Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
  • Aug 12 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • Aug 12 Richard Bare, American director
  • Aug 13 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Aug 13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • Aug 13 Dave Willock, American actor (Queen of Outer Space), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 14 Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith, American jazz violinist & composer (It's Wonderful), born in Portsmouth, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Aug 15 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • Aug 16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Aug 17 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (d. 1985)
  • Aug 18 Miliza Korjus, Polish actress (Great Waltz), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1980)
  • Aug 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1983)
  • Aug 20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; Canterbury, Otago), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)
  • Aug 20 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • Aug 21 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • Aug 21 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • Aug 21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)

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Aug 22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

  • Aug 22 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1964)
  • Aug 22 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), born in Liljac, Vraca, Bulgaria (d. 1985)
  • Aug 22 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 22 Vitya Vronsky, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), and educator (Cleveland Institute), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, English cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), born in Leeds, England (d. 1970)
  • Aug 24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Aug 25 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, born in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales (d. 1988)
  • Aug 25 Michael Rennie, British actor (The Day the Earth Stood Still), born in Idle, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1971)
  • Aug 25 Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress, singer, and dancer (Dames, 42nd Street), born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (d. 1993)
  • Aug 26 Eric Davies, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 7 wickets; East Province, Transvaal), born in King William's Town, South Africa (d. 1976)
  • Aug 26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Dallas), born in Edgerton, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • Aug 26 Gene Moore, American MLB player, born in Lancaster, Texas (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • Aug 27 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Aug 29 Roy Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 30 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), born in Birmingham (d. 1996)
  • Aug 31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 8 William Miller, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • Aug 17 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 19 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander of Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and Member of parliament, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies at 67