On This Day

August 1880 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Aug 3 American Canoe Association founded at Lake George, NY, first Commodore William L. Alden
  • Aug 14 Ceremony to mark the completion of Cologne Cathedral attended by Emperor William I. First begun in 1248, now the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

Historic Event

Aug 16 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Birthdays in History

  • Aug 7 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • Aug 8 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • Aug 10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • Aug 12 Marguerite "John" Radclyffe-Hall, author
  • Aug 21 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • Aug 22 George Herriman, American cartoonist (Krazy Kat), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1944)
  • Aug 22 Gorch Fock [Johann Wilhelm Kinau], German author and poet, born in Finkenwerder, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Aug 23 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), born in Vyatka, Kirov Oblast, Russia (d. 1932)
  • Aug 24 Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, Scottish baron and diplomat (d. 1964)
  • Aug 29 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Aug 31 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948), born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1962)


Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, dies at 61
  • Aug 29 Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, Bvt Major General (Union Army), dies at 47