August 1897 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 4 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • Aug 10 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
  • Aug 10 German chemist Felix Hoffman first synthesizes acetylsalicylic acid, which would later be patened by his company Bayer under the name "aspirin"
  • Aug 14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • Aug 17 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch (aka points)
  • Aug 19 1st electric taxis driven in London
  • Aug 21 Oldsmobile first manufactured by Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in Lansing, Michigan
  • Aug 30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar

Historic Event

Aug 31 British General Kitchener's army occupies Berber, North of Khartoum


Birthdays in History

  • Aug 2 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • Aug 5 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician, founder of the Socialist People's Party, born in Brændekilde, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7 Franz J Weinrich [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 10 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)

Enid BlytonEnid Blyton (1897-1968)

Aug 11 English children's writer, fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure), born in London, England

  • Aug 11 Louise Bogan, American poet and critic (Sleeping Fury), born in Maine (d. 1970)
  • Aug 12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 16 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)
  • Aug 20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian poet and author (Det Store Spelet), born in Vinje, Telemark, Norway (d. 1970)
  • Aug 26 Yoon Boseon, Korean politician, President of South Korea (1960-62), born in Asan, Joseon (d. 1990)
  • Aug 31 Marianne Bruns, German writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1994)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • Aug 13 Antonius von der Linde, Dutch-German librarian and historian (history of chess), dies at 63