Historical Events in August 1887

  • Aug 2 Chester A. Hodge of Beloit, Wisconsin, patents 'spur' barbed wire
  • Aug 10 Excursion train crashes killing 101. (Chatsworth, Illinois)

Historic Event

Aug 19 Dmitri Mendeleev makes a solo ascent by balloon to an altitude of 11,500 feet (3.5 km) above Klin, Russia to observe an eclipse

US Men's Tennis Open

Aug 30 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins 7th straight US singles title; beats Henry Slocum 6-1, 6-3, 6-2