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Historical Events in August 1885

  • Aug 7 Five German warships anchor off Zanzibar
  • Aug 10 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore

USAStatue of Liberty

Aug 11 $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Aug 14 Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • Aug 14 British Criminal Law Amendment Act raises age of consent from 13 to 16, protects against child prostitution
  • Aug 22 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins 5th consecutive US singles title; beats Godfrey M. Brinley 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

InventionHistoric Invention

Aug 29 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle

Engineer and inventor Gottlieb Daimler
Engineer and inventor
Gottlieb Daimler
  • Aug 29 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • Aug 29 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • Aug 30 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda