On This Day

August 1891 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 5 World's 1st traveler's cheques issued by American Express
  • Aug 15 San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.

BattleBattle of Interest

Aug 16 President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison
  • Aug 17 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People's Bath)
  • Aug 17 Electric self-starter for automobile patented
  • Aug 18 Hurricane hits Martinique, about 700 die
  • Aug 19 William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum
  • Aug 21 Dutch Mackay government resigns

InventionHistoric Invention

Aug 24 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1971)
  • Aug 6 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • Aug 21 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)

Person of interestBugs Moran

Aug 21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • Aug 22 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, born in Druskininkai, Lithuania (d. 1973)
  • Aug 26 Emmy van Lokhorst, Dutch author
  • Aug 26 Ferdinand Bruckner, [Theodor Tagger], Austrian playwright (Races)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 George Washington Williams, American historian (History of the Negro Race in America), dies from tuberculosis and pleurisy at 41
  • Aug 12 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies
  • Aug 14 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), dies at 87
  • Aug 22 Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)