On This Day

August 1895 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin is shot and killed by John Selman Sr. in a saloon in El Paso, Texas
  • Aug 26 Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power
  • Aug 30 Belgium begins compulsory Roman Catholic education
  • Aug 31 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, born in Ninety Six, South Carolina (d. 1984)
  • Aug 10 Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian author and satirist, born in Saint Petersburg (d. 1958)
  • Aug 16 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1981)
  • Aug 19 Arnoldt Bronnen, Austrian playwright, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • Aug 22 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, born in Pierreville, Quebec (d. 1966)
  • Aug 24 Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston (1944-70), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1970)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (Geschichte des ersten Kreuzzugs), dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Aug 4 Marcellus Augustus Stovall, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76

Friedrich Engels

Aug 5 Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher and revolutionary socialist who co-authored "The Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx, dies of throat cancer at 74

Communist Philosopher Friedrich Engels
Communist Philosopher
Friedrich Engels
  • Aug 13 Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz, German publisher (T Edition), dies at 79
  • Aug 19 John Wesley Hardin, American outlaw and gunfighter (claimed to have killed 27 men), shot dead in a saloon at 42
  • Aug 24 John F. Loudon, Dutch sugar and indigo manufacturer, who Delft collection was left to the Rijksmuseum, dies at 74