On This Day

What Happened in August 1933

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 NY's future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell sets MLB record for consecutive scoreless innings at 45 1/3 as Giants lose 3-1 v Boston Braves
  • Aug 1 Death penalty for anti-fascists in Germany

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Aug 1 Dutch colonial regime in Batavia arrests Sukarno

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno

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Aug 1 National Recovery Administration (NRA) is founded with Hugh S. Johnson as its first director

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • Aug 3 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out
  • Aug 7 The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 10 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Jacobs beats Helen Wills Moody 8-6, 3-6, 3-0, ret

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 11 Temperature reaches 136°F (57.8°C) at San Luis Potosi, Mexico (world record)
  • Aug 12 Cuban dictator Machado y Morales flees after military coup
  • Aug 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Blue Mound CC: Gene Sarazen defeats Willie Goggin, 5 & 4 for 3rd of his 3 PGA C'ship titles; 6th of his 7 majors
  • Aug 13 Jacques van Egmond becomes world champion amateur cyclist
  • Aug 14 Jimmie Foxx hits for cycle & sets AL record with 9 RBIs

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Aug 17 MLB player Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 17 Soviet Union test GIRD-R1 rocket ("Object 09")
  • Aug 22 Bill Veeck urges midsummer inter-league games & a split season
  • Aug 22 International Zionists Congress opens in Prague
  • Aug 23 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London

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Aug 23 Mahatma Gandhi released from Indian jail following another hunger strike

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Aug 26 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
  • Aug 30 Air France forms from five French airlines
  • Aug 30 Portuguese dictator Salazar forms secret police (PIDE)

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Dom DeLuise, American comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Erwin Nypels, Dutch economist and Minister of Housing (D66), born in Bloemendaal, North Holland
  • Aug 1 Richard Lloyd Jones, British secretary (Welsh Office 1985–93)
  • Aug 1 Ko Un, South Korean poet, born in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province
  • Aug 1 Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-American voice actor and comedian, born in Venezuela
  • Aug 1 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), born in Heiwa, Nakashima, Aichi, Japan (d. 2019)
  • Aug 2 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader (d. 2017)
  • Aug 3 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), born in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
  • Aug 3 Thé Tjong-Khing, Dutch illustrator of children books (Miep Diekman), born in Purworedjo, Java
  • Aug 4 Nate Brooks, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1952), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Rudi van Dantzig, Dutch choreographer/ballet dancer (Painted Birds)

Person of interestSheldon Adelson

Aug 4 Sheldon Adelson, American business magnate (CEO of Las Vegas Sands), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson
Entrepreneur and Founder of Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson
  • Aug 5 Joan Weldon, actress (So This is Love, Them), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 6 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (India, 100* on debut v NZ 1959)
  • Aug 6 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 7 Jerry Pournelle, American polymath and sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • Aug 8 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • Aug 9 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author, born in Nogisaka, Tokyo
  • Aug 10 Alan Hardcastle, chairman (Lloyds Regulatory Board)
  • Aug 10 Bill Nieder, shot putter, (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 10 Butler-Sloss, British Lady Justice
  • Aug 10 David Rowland, chairman (Lloyd's)
  • Aug 10 Rocky Colavito, baseball player (Hit 4 HRs in a game), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 10 Doyle Brunson, American poker player
  • Aug 10 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; d. 2005)
  • Aug 11 Jerry Falwell, American TV evangelist (Moral Majority)
  • Aug 11 Julian Oswald, British Admiral of the Fleet
  • Aug 11 Justin Connolly, composer
  • Aug 11 Tamas Vasary, pianist/conductor
  • Aug 12 Parnelli Jones, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1963) and team owner (Indy 500 1970–71; USAC National Championships 1970, 71, 72), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Aug 13 Jocelyn Elders, 15th US Surgeon General (1993-94) 1st African American holder, born in Schaal, Arkansas
  • Aug 13 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • Aug 14 Richard R. Ernst, Swiss physical chemist (Nobel 1991 -techniques for high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy), born in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Aug 14 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • Aug 15 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Aug 15 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 15 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Aug 16 Jan van Ginkel, graphic artist/publisher (Perscombinatie)
  • Aug 16 Reiner Kunze, German writer (The Lovely Years), born in Oelsnitz, Saxony
  • Aug 16 Stuart A "Smokey" Roosa, Durango Colo, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 14)
  • Aug 16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 17 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], El Monte, California, American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah)
  • Aug 17 Eugene F. Kranz, American NASA executive
  • Aug 17 Mark Dinning, American singer (d. 1986)
  • Aug 17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • Aug 18 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France
  • Aug 18 Just Fontaine, French footballer, born in Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Aug 19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 19 Vladimir Borisovich Alekseyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • Aug 20 Don Fuqua, American Democratic politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 20 George J. Mitchell, American lawyer and politician (Senate Majority Leader 1989-95), born in Waterville, Maine
  • Aug 21 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Aug 21 Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), born in Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Aug 22 Irmtraud Morgner, German writer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1990)
  • Aug 22 Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (Jessica, Hercules), born in Split, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 23 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Pete Wilson, American politician (36th Governor of California), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Robert Curl, American chemist (Nobel 1996), born in Alice, Texas

Person of interestYasser Arafat

Aug 24 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2004)

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • Aug 25 Tom Skerritt, actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 25 Wayne Shorter, American jazz musician (Weather Report), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Aug 27 Joke Smit, Dutch feminist
  • Aug 29 Jehan Sadat, Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Aug 29 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2009)
  • Aug 29 Arnold Koller, Swiss politician (member of Swiss Federal Councilor), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Aug 30 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 3 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • Aug 13 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Adolf Loos, Austria architect (building of houses), dies at 62
  • Aug 23 Adolph Loos, Austrian architect, dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Aug 29 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 29 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, dies at 57