On This Day

Historical Events in August 1884

Statue of Liberty

Aug 5 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)

  • Aug 7 Germany annexes Angra Pequena / German South West-Africa (modern Namibia)
  • Aug 11 First double-century stand in Test cricket; Percy McDonnell (103) Billy Murdoch (211) for Australia in drawn 3rd Test v England in London
  • Aug 12 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears makes it 4 straight US singles titles; beats Howard Taylor 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

1st Photograph of a Tornado

Aug 28 First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, South Dakota

  • Aug 28 MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh makes record for most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the 1st 9 men he faces