On This Day

Historical Events in August 1880

  • Aug 2 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Aug 3 American Canoe Association founded at Lake George, NY, first Commodore William L. Alden
  • Aug 14 Ceremony to mark the completion of Cologne Cathedral attended by Emperor William I. First begun in 1248, now the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

Historic Event

Aug 16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs