On This Day

What Happened in August 1925

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 Shortwave-radio link between Kootwijk and Netherland East-Indies
  • Aug 3 Last US troops leave Nicaragua (there since 1912)
  • Aug 4 1st Dutch Colijn government forms
  • Aug 4 US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation
  • Aug 5 Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out
  • Aug 7 League of Nation advises against Turk/Iraqi division of Mosoelgebied
  • Aug 8 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (between 25,000 and 40,000 marchers) in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 10 Hurricane strikes Borculo, 4 die
  • Aug 12 KMA-AM in Shenandoah IA begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 12 The first cast of Alpha Psi Omega, drawn from The Masquers of Fairmont College, West Virginia, is initiated.
  • Aug 14 Mount Rushmore Monument first proposed
  • Aug 14 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is completed and goes on line.
  • Aug 15 Norway annexes Spitsbergen
  • Aug 15 White Sox Dickie Kerr, 1st appearance since winning 2 world series games in 1919
  • Aug 18 Belgium & US sign treaty about war debts
  • Aug 18 Cardinal Mercier warns Belgians against socialism/liberalism
  • Aug 20 WJR-AM in Detroit MI begins radio transmissions
  • Aug 21 BV Emmen soccer team forms

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 24 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats Kitty McKane of England 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her third straight US singles title

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 25 Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organizes (Harlem NY)
  • Aug 25 Last Belgian troops vacate Duisburg
  • Aug 28 Meteorite falls on Ellemeet, Schouwen, Devil Island
  • Aug 29 After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him
  • Aug 30 6th Iron pilgrim at Diksmuide Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Anthropologist Margaret Mead first arrives in Samoa

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer (Otto's Pug), born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • Aug 2 Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator, born in Mercedes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • Aug 5 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Aug 6 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), born in Maalahti, Finland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 6 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1969)
  • Aug 6 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 7 Felice Bryant, American musician (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • Aug 7 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • Aug 7 M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist, born in Kumbakonam, India
  • Aug 8 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist
  • Aug 8 Alija Izetbegović, Bosniak politician (d. 2003)
  • Aug 9 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations, Movie Music), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • Aug 9 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, born in Ohio (d. 1999)
  • Aug 9 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Aug 10 Alastair Webster Mackie, poet/teacher
  • Aug 10 George Cooper, general
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Byford, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary
  • Aug 11 Carl Rowan, gun-toting newspaper columnist (Wash Post)
  • Aug 11 Robert Linn, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1999)
  • Aug 11 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1953, 56-58; Montreal Canadiens), born in Chapleau, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Aug 12 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), born in Charleston, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • Aug 12 Earl Coleman, American jazz singer, born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Norris McWhirter, English author (founded Guinness Book of World Records), born in Winchmore Hill, England (d. 2004)
  • Aug 12 Robin Nicholson, English metallurgist, born in Warwickshire, England
  • Aug 12 Ross McWhirter, English author (founded Guinness Book of World Records), born in Winchmore Hill, England (d. 1975)
  • Aug 12 George Wetherill, American scientist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • Aug 13 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)
  • Aug 14 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • Aug 15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Aug 15 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

Aug 15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • Aug 15 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 16 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 16 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • Aug 17 John Hawkes, American writer (2nd Skin)
  • Aug 17 John Howard Purnell, Welsh chemist (Royal Society of Chemistry), born in Rhondda, South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Aug 18 Brian W[ilson] Aldiss, UK, sci-fi author (Helliconia Trilogy)
  • Aug 18 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1981)
  • Aug 18 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (d. 2006)
  • Aug 18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), born in East Dereham, Norfolk (d. 2017)
  • Aug 19 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian playwright (d. 1971)
  • Aug 21 Judy Grable [Nellya Baughman], American professional wrestler, born in Bremerton, Washington (d. 2008)
  • Aug 21 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), born in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2003)
  • Aug 22 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), born in Plaistow, London (d. 2020)
  • Aug 23 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • Aug 23 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • Aug 25 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • Aug 26 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
  • Aug 26 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
  • Aug 26 Sangharakshita, Buddhist Philosopher, Founder of the Western Buddhist Order
  • Aug 27 Ken Grieves, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spin all-rounder), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 27 Richard Rutt, English bishop of Leicester, born in Lengford, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • Aug 27 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, born in Vittel, France (d. 2006)
  • Aug 28 Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika), born in Batumi, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • Aug 28 John Gillett, British film critic and researcher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Aug 28 Marvin Davis, CEO (Davis Oil Company), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • Aug 28 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Aug 28 Billy Grammer, American country music singer and guitarist, born in Benton, Illinois (d. 2011)
  • Aug 29 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), born in Eigenbilzen, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • Aug 30 Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 4 Economist John Maynard Keynes (42) weds ballerina Lydia Lopokova

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 8 China's Premier Zhou Enlai (27) weds Deng Yingchao (21) in Guangzhou

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown

Physicist James Chadwick
Physicist
James Chadwick

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 22 Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson (28) weds teacher Maryon Elspeth Moody (23)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 25 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 5 Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (44) divorces wife Latife Hanim after 2 years of marriage

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 John Pieter Veth, painter/lithographer/etcher/writer, dies at 61
  • Aug 3 William Bruce, cricketer (drowns 14 Tests for Australia 1885-95), dies
  • Aug 4 Alfons Van de Perre, Flemish physician, dies
  • Aug 5 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), dies at 76
  • Aug 15 Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter, dies at 46
  • Aug 17 Ioan Slavici, Transylvanian writer of Romanian origin (b. 1848)
  • Aug 25 Franz Graf Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austro-Hungarian field marshal, dies at 72