On This Day

Historical Events in August 1892

  • Aug 2 Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator

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Aug 4 Queen Wilhelmina and Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother are murdered with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts; Borden is later arrested, tried and acquitted

Acquitted Murderer Lizzie Borden
Acquitted Murderer
Lizzie Borden
  • Aug 13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

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Aug 15 4th & last British government of William Gladstone forms

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • Aug 17 Russian and French generals, Obruchev and Boisdeffre sign Double Alliance
  • Aug 20 The Transvaal National Union, a political organisation, is set up with J. Tudhope as president

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Aug 25 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to lieutenant

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • Aug 27 NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire
  • Aug 30 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, R.I.: Three straight US singles titles to Oliver Campbell; beats Fred Hovey 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5