August 1888 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 The roof of Seville's cathedral collapses after an earthquake
  • Aug 7 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
  • Aug 11 California Theatre closed (now a Pac Tel Phone Store)

Historic Invention

Aug 12 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour

Burroughs' Adding Machine

Aug 21 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine

  • Aug 30 Lord Walsingham kills 1,070 grouse in a single day

Murder of Interest

Aug 31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 4 Syedna Taher Saifuddin, Bohra Spiritual Leader, born in Surat, India (d. 1965)
  • Aug 9 Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th" plotter, born in Dresden, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • Aug 12 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer (1st major Dutch radio broadcaster AVRO), born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • Aug 13 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, born in Smolensk, Russia (d. 1975)

John Logie BairdJohn Logie Baird (1888-1946)

Aug 13 Scottish inventor and father of the television, born in Helensburgh, Scotland

T. E. LawrenceT. E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

Aug 16 British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales

  • Aug 22 Du Yuesheng, Chinese mob boss, born in Gaoqiao, Shanghai (d. 1951)
  • Aug 31 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (La Obra de Trajano), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1928)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 5 Philip Sheridan, American general (fought Civil War for Union army, helped preserve Yellowstone Park), dies of heart failure at 57
  • Aug 9 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45

Charles CrockerCharles Crocker (1822-1888)

Aug 14 American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), dies at 65

  • Aug 15 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 70

John PembertonJohn Pemberton (1831-1888)

Aug 16 American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), dies of stomach cancer at 57

  • Aug 17 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • Aug 19 Spencer Fullerton Baird, American naturalist and ornithologist (Wood's Hole Station), dies at 65
  • Aug 21 Simon Vissering, Dutch economist (Minister of Finance 1879-81), dies at 70
  • Aug 23 Philip Henry Gosse, English naturalist (created 1st public aquarium at London Zoo, coined term 'aquarium'), dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (one of the founders of the study of thermodynamics), dies at 66

Mary Ann NicholsMary Ann Nichols (1845-1888)

Aug 31 English prostitute and 1st victim of Jack the Ripper, found stabbed to death in London at 42