On This Day

August 1892 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 George A. Wheeler is granted a US patent for a prototype of the escalator

Historic Event

Aug 4 Queen Wilhelmina and Emma open Merwede Canal between Amsterdam and the Rhine

Murder of Interest

Aug 4 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother are murdered with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts; Borden is later arrested, tried and acquitted

  • Aug 13 US black newspaper "Afro-American" begins publishing from Baltimore

Historic Event

Aug 15 4th & last British government of William Gladstone forms

  • Aug 17 Russian and French generals, Obruchev and Boisdeffre sign Double Alliance
  • Aug 20 The Transvaal National Union, a political organisation, is set up with J. Tudhope as president

Historic Event

Aug 25 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to lieutenant


Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • Aug 2 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1978)
  • Aug 2 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Aug 11 Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Murray Grieve), Scotland, poet (Scots Unbound)
  • Aug 11 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general
  • Aug 11 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (d. 1962)
  • Aug 15 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • Aug 16 Harold Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valian), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Aug 16 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 George Baird Hodge, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), dies at 71
  • Aug 11 Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
  • Aug 23 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)