What Happened in August 1923

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Aug 6 Henry Sullivan becomes 3rd person and first American to swim English Channel (27 hours 25 minutes Dover-Calais)
  • Aug 6 Gustav Stresemann is named chancellor and foreign minister during riots and strikes in Germany
  • Aug 9 NY State Golf Association formed
  • Aug 11 Dutch Premier de Geer resigns
  • Aug 12 Dutch AR-leader Coair replaces De Geer as minister of finances
  • Aug 12 Enrico Tiraboschi is 1st to swim English Channel westward
  • Aug 13 Gustav Stresemann becomes premier of German coalition government

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Aug 13 Turkish National Congress selects Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Pasja as President

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Aug 13 US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day
  • Aug 15 Eamon de Valera arrested in Irish Free State
  • Aug 15 Mexico & US reaches accord over oil concession of 1917

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 18 37th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 18 16th Women's Australasian Championships: Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-1, 7-5)
  • Aug 18 16th Men's Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Bert St John (6-1, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Aug 20 London dock strike ends

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 22 Paavo Nurmi runs world record mile (4:10.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Aug 23 Capt. Lowell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours.
  • Aug 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3 mile (14:11.2)
  • Aug 31 League of Nations gives Belgium mandate of Ruanda-Urundi (was German)
  • Aug 31 Italian troops occupy Corfu

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Mussolini orders the Greek Government to apologize for the deaths of an Italian general and his staff on the Greco-Albanian border

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, born in Shibuya, Tokyo (d. 2000)

Person of interestShimon Peres

Aug 2 Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister (Labor), President (2007-14) and Nobel Peace Prize (1994), born in Wiszniewo, Poland (d. 2016)

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Aug 3 Anne Klein, American fashion designer (Anne Klein II), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1974)
  • Aug 3 Roger Foulon, Belgian writer (Un été dans la Fagne), born in Thuin, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • Aug 3 Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope of the Coptic Christianity, born in Abnub, Asyut Governorate, Egypt (d. 2012)
  • Aug 4 Arthur Butterworth, composer
  • Aug 4 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2016)
  • Aug 4 Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Pakistani satirical and humor writer, born in Jaipur, India
  • Aug 5 Richard Kleindienst, attorney general (1972)
  • Aug 5 Devan Nair, President of Singapore
  • Aug 6 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • Aug 6 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Aug 6 William B Williams, DJ (WNEW, Sammy & Company), born in Babylon, New York
  • Aug 6 Jess Collins, American artist (d. 2004)
  • Aug 9 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch literary
  • Aug 10 Fred Ridgway, England cricket pace bowler (1951-52 Indian tour)
  • Aug 10 Gillian Brown, diplomat
  • Aug 10 Rhonda Fleming [Marilyn Louis], American actress and singer nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" (Spellbound), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 11 Stan Chambers, American television reporter
  • Aug 12 John Holt Jr, cricketer (WI batsman in 17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36 75)
  • Aug 14 William Flanagan, composer
  • Aug 14 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • Aug 15 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Aug 16 Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd
  • Aug 16 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
  • Aug 17 Anton Kersjes, violinist/conductor (Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Aug 17 Larry Rivers, [Grossberg], American painter (Wash crossing Delaware-1953), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, born in Phichit, Thailand (d. 2012)
  • Aug 18 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicketkeeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • Aug 18 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • Aug 18 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer, born in Karachi (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 21 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Aug 21 Arthur "Art" Janov, American psychologist and psychotherapist notable for creating primal therapy (The Primal Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Gerald Long, English journalist and CEO of Reuters, born in York, England (d. 1998)
  • Aug 23 Humphrey Fisher, TV producer, born in England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 23 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, born in Fortuneswell, Dorset, England (d. 2003)
  • Aug 24 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 24 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • Aug 26 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor (Vienna Symphony 1960-70; Philadelphia Orchestra 1993-2003), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Aug 29 Hiralal Gaekwad, Indian cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • Aug 29 Lester Trimble, American composer, born in Bangor, Wisconsin (d. 1986)
  • Aug 29 Reinier Braams, Dutch biophysicist and politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 2001)

Person of interestRichard Attenborough

Aug 29 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Jurassic Park, Young Winston), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2014)

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
  • Aug 29 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), born in Surrey (d. 2006)

Person of interestVic Seixas

Aug 30 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Open 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Aug 30 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • Aug 30 Barbara Mary Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology, born in Warwick, England (d. 2001)
  • Aug 30 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, born in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1969)
  • Aug 31 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWarren G. Harding

Aug 2 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco F at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Aug 5 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian slavist (b. 1835)
  • Aug 7 Hendrik Pierson, Dutch theologist (H Pierson Foundation), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Jacob T Cremer, pres (Dutch Handel-Mij), dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • Aug 23 Richard Adler, American composer and songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), dies at 90
  • Aug 24 Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 66