Historical Events in August 1883

  • Aug 1 A papyrus offered to British Museum for £10,000 (forgery)
  • Aug 1 Amsterdam's Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights
  • Aug 1 Inland postal service begins in Great Britain
  • Aug 12 The last quagga (zebra subspecies with less slashes) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • Aug 16 Dutch soccer club FC Dordrecht is established in Dort in the Western Netherlands (KNVB Cup 1914, 32)
  • Aug 17 The first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem, Himno Nacional
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia Quakers make 27 errors against Providence Grays in 28-0 shutout defeat at Messer Street Grounds; wild pitches, walks, passed balls count as errors in MLB prior to 1888

US Men's Tennis Open

Aug 24 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Two-time defending champion Richard Sears wins 3rd straight title; beats James Dwight 6-2, 6-0, 9-7

Krakatoa: The World’s Mightiest Explosion

Aug 27 Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people

Historic Event

Aug 29 First Carnegie library financed by industrialist Andrew Carnegie opens in Dunfermline, Scotland, the 1st of 2,509 libraries built around the world

  • Aug 29 Seismic sea waves created by Krakatoa eruption create a rise in English Channel 32 hrs after explosion