On This Day

August 1896 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (NY to England)
  • Aug 6 France annexes Madagascar
  • Aug 11 Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain
  • Aug 16 Gold first discovered in Klondike, found at Bonanza Creek in the Yukon, Canada by George Carmack
  • Aug 18 Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times
  • Aug 20 Dial telephone patented
  • Aug 23 First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila.
  • Aug 26 Armenian Revolutionary Federation assaults the Ottoman Bank in Constantinople to draw attention to the mass-pogroms and massacres of Armenians instigated by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid II
  • Aug 27 Britain defeats Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM). Shortest recorded war in history.
  • Aug 29 Chop suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador
  • Aug 30 Eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. Including provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite and Nueva Ecija
  • Aug 31 Louis Napoleon Parker's "Rosemary" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 8 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 9 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • Aug 9 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • Aug 15 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • Aug 16 Tina Modotti, Italian artist and activist, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)

Person of interestLeslie Groves

Aug 17 Leslie Groves, American army engineer who directed the Manhattan Project and construction of the Pentagon, born in Albany, New York (d. 1970)

US Army Engineer and WWII General Leslie Groves
US Army Engineer and WWII General
Leslie Groves
  • Aug 21 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), born in Menen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • Aug 22 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, born in Lacota, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 26 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1982)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
  • Aug 10 Otto Lilienthal, German aircraft pioneer, dies
  • Aug 12 Thomas Chamberlain, officer of the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Aug 13 John Everett Millais, English painter (Order of Release), dies at 67
  • Aug 17 Bridget Driscoll, 1st person in Great Britain to die in an auto-accident
  • Aug 18 Richard Avenarius, German philosopher (founded the epistemological theory of knowledge known as empirical criticism), dies at 52
  • Aug 19 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Alexei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Russian statesman (b. 1824)