On This Day

Historical Events in August 1886

  • Aug 1 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Colombia adopts constitution

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Aug 12 W. G. Grace makes his highest Test Cricket score, scoring 170 vs Australia at The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace

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Aug 13 John A. Macdonald uses a silver hammer to pound a gold spike, officially completing the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway in British Columbia

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Aug 15 Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in 1 game
  • Aug 18 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles

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Aug 20 Second Salon exhibition by Society of Independent Artists held in Paris; includes Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • Aug 25 1st international polo meet (US vs England)
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive US singles title
  • Aug 31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die

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Aug 31 Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Charles Crocker
Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive
Charles Crocker