On This Day

August 1902 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Building begins on Dutch public housing
  • Aug 1 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia (100 die)
  • Aug 4 The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens

Royal Coronation

Aug 9 Edward VII of Great Britain crowned King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, succeeding his mother Queen Victoria

Historic Event

Aug 22 US President Theodore Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car

  • Aug 31 Split skirt 1st worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider)

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Hendrik Johan Kruls, Dutch general and chief military authority (1944-46), born in Amsterdam (d. 1975)
  • Aug 1 Ruth Evelyn Mansfield, doctor (d. 1994)
  • Aug 3 Habib Bourguiba, 1st president of Tunisia (1957-87), born in Monastir, Regency of Tunisia (d. 2000)
  • Aug 3 Regina Jonas, German first woman rabbi, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • Aug 5 Irene Rice Pereira, American abstract artist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • Aug 6 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • Aug 6 Dutch Schultz, American bootlegger (d. 1935)

Paul Dirac

Aug 8 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

  • Aug 10 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (d. 2000)
  • Aug 10 Arne Tiselius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • Aug 11 Christian Castries, French general (Dien Bien Phu)
  • Aug 13 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 1988)
  • Aug 13 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, born in London (d. 1998)
  • Aug 15 Jan Campert, Dutch resistance fighter and poet (Song the 18 dead), born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Aug 16 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1975)
  • Aug 18 Adamson-Eric, Estonian painter, born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 19 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), born in Rye, New York (d. 1971)
  • Aug 19 Vladimir Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory), born in Nalchik, Russia (d. 1938) [NS]
  • Aug 19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • Aug 20 Ernest Marke, Sierra Leonean seaman and club owner (d. 1995)
  • Aug 22 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (History of Sussex), born in Broadstairs, Kent (d. 1993)
  • Aug 22 Thomas Pelly, American politician, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1973)
  • Aug 24 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), born in Luméville, France (d. 1985)

Carlo Gambino

Aug 24 Carlo Gambino, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1976)


Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Ludwig Beckmann, painter, dies
  • Aug 7 Rudolf von Bennigsen, German lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 8 James Tissot, French painter and illustrator, dies at 65
  • Aug 9 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73