On This Day

Historical Events in August 1888

  • Aug 1 The roof of Seville's cathedral collapses after an earthquake
  • Aug 7 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door

Baseball Record

Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game winning streak record

  • Aug 11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)

Historic Invention

Aug 12 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

  • Aug 20 Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest
  • Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
  • Aug 30 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day

Murder of Interest

Aug 31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End