On This Day

Birthdays in History in August 1862

  • Aug 1 M. R. James, English scholar and author (Ghost Stories of an Antiquary), born in Goodnestone, Dover, Kent (d. 1936)
  • Aug 5 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", born in Leicester, England (d. 1890)
  • Aug 7 Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden, born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1931)
  • Aug 26 Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)

Person of interestMaurice Maeterlinck

Aug 29 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Aug 29 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1928)