On This Day

Historical Events in August 1889

  • Aug 10 Dan Rylands patents screw cap
  • Aug 13 William Gray of Hartford, Connecticut patents the coin-operated telephone
  • Aug 23 1st ship-to-shore wireless message ("Sherman is sighted") received in the US from Lightship No. 70 to a coastal receiving station at Cliff House in San Francisco
  • Aug 29 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)