August 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 10 Dan Rylands patents screw cap
  • Aug 13 William Gray patents coin-operated telephone
  • Aug 23 1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (San Francisco)
  • Aug 31 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Cardboard Box" (BG)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • Aug 1 Walther Gerlach, Biebrich, German Physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect)
  • Aug 5 Conrad P Aiken, American Pulitzer poet/writer (Ushant/Conversation)
  • Aug 6 George Kenney, American Air Force General (d. 1977)
  • Aug 6 John Middleton Murry, English poet and literary critic (Between Two Worlds), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Charles Darrow, Inventor (d. 1967)
  • Aug 12 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (d. 1981)
  • Aug 13 Camillien Houde, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)
  • Aug 19 Arthur Waley, sinologist, translator from Chinese & Japanese
  • Aug 23 Alfred Lichtenstein, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • Aug 24 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congolese religious leader and founder of Kimbanguism, born in Nkamba, Congo (d. 1951)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • Aug 5 Willem Ruys J Dz, ship owner, dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (Contes cruels), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 John Sanger, circus entrepreneur, dies
  • Aug 24 Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies
  • Aug 29 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (b. 1815)