On This Day

August 1898 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 8 Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

InventionHistoric Invention

Aug 9 Rudolf Diesel of Germany obtains patent #608,845 for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine

Mechanical Engineer Rudolf Diesel
Mechanical Engineer
Rudolf Diesel
  • Aug 12 Hawaii is formally annexed to US

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

Aug 12 Peace protocol ends Spanish–American War, signed

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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
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Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Aug 13 US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish–American War

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • Aug 16 Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster
  • Aug 25 700 Greeks and 15 Englishmen are slaughtered by the Turks in Heraklion, Greece.
  • Aug 28 Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola".
  • Aug 29 The Goodyear tire company founded

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 3 Karl Kehrle, Benedictine monk and beekeeper, born in Mittelbiberach, Germany (d. 1996)
  • Aug 8 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans)
  • Aug 9 David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)
  • Aug 11 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, politician/trade unionist
  • Aug 15 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom, born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • Aug 15 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), born in Zhmerynka, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • Aug 17 Gerard Schmook, Flemish librarian/historian/custodian
  • Aug 20 Gerard Kraus, Dutch psychiatrist and director Santpoort (Insanity in Netherlands) (d. 1956)
  • Aug 20 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love), born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1968)
  • Aug 20 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, born in Moshultamåla, Sweden (d. 1973)
  • Aug 24 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist and physician (Nobel 1974), born in Longlier, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Cowley, American author (Flowering of New England), born in Belsano, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Aug 25 Helmut Hasse, German mathematician, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1979)
  • Aug 26 Peggy Guggenheim, American art patron & collector, born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • Aug 28 Ludwig Turek, German writer, born in Stendal, Germany (d. 1975)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 Eugène Boudin, French painter (beach scenes), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, dies at 84
  • Aug 27 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49