On This Day

Birthdays in History in August 1897

  • Aug 2 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • Aug 5 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician, founder of the Socialist People's Party, born in Brændekilde, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7 Franz J Weinrich [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)
  • Aug 10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11 Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)

Person of interestEnid Blyton

Aug 11 Enid Blyton, English children's writer, fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure), born in London, England (d. 1968)

Children's writer Enid Blyton
Children's writer
Enid Blyton
  • Aug 12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 16 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)
  • Aug 20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian poet and author (Det Store Spelet), born in Vinje, Telemark, Norway (d. 1970)
  • Aug 26 Yoon Boseon, Korean politician, President of South Korea (1960-62), born in Asan, Joseon (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Marianne Bruns, German writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1994)