On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1888

  • Aug 8 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, German composer, voice teacher and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45
  • Aug 9 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82

Person of interestCharles Crocker

Aug 14 Charles Crocker, American business tycoon & railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Charles Crocker
Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive
Charles Crocker
  • Aug 15 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 70

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

Aug 16 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 55

Pharmacist John Pemberton
Pharmacist
John Pemberton
  • Aug 17 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • Aug 19 Spencer F Baird, US biologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch minister of Finance (1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Rudolph J E Clausius, German physicist (thermodynamics), dies

MurderMary Ann Nichols

Aug 31 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols