On This Day

Historical Events in August 1934

  • Aug 1 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 1 US Amateur Golf Championship format is changed to a 6-day event with no 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, and 36-hole matches for semi-finals and final
  • Aug 2 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it

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Aug 2 Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 2 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
  • Aug 3 Adolf Hitler merges the offices of German Chancellor and President, declaring himself "F├╝hrer" (leader)
  • Aug 4 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4
  • Aug 4 II British Empire Games open at London's White City Stadium
  • Aug 6 US troops leave Haiti, which had been occupied since 1915

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Aug 7 US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • Aug 9 4th Women's World Games (track & field competition for women) is conducted over 3-days at the White City Stadium in London, England

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Aug 10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 11 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay
  • Aug 16 US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915)
  • Aug 16 US explorer William Beebe descends 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere

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Aug 18 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th cricket Test win against England at the Oval

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 18 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats fellow American Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6-1, 6-3 for her third straight US singles title
  • Aug 19 The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Aug 20 Australian cricket opening batsman Bill Ponsford is dismissed for 266 in his final Test match against England at The Oval; out for 22 in 2nd innings
  • Aug 22 Australian cricket spin bowler Clarrie Grimmett takes 5-64 as England dismissed for 145 in 5th Test at The Oval; Australia wins by 562 runs to regain Ashes, 2-1
  • Aug 22 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • Aug 27 Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg's musical 'Life Begins at 8:40' premieres in NYC
  • Aug 31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)