On This Day

August 1906 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 10 Pope Pius X bans Associations cults
  • Aug 13 Black soldiers raid Brownsville, Texas
  • Aug 15 1st freight delivery tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits German Emperor Wilhelm II to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
King of England Edward VII
King of England
Edward VII
  • Aug 16 -17] 8.6 earthquake destroys Valparaiso Chile, fire kills 20,000
  • Aug 22 1st Victor Victrola manufactured
  • Aug 23 Cuba's 1st president Tomés Estrada Palma asks for US intervention
  • Aug 30 NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), born in Oxford, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 2 Albert Goodwin, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • Aug 3 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Adriaan & Olivier), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • Aug 4 Marie-Jose von Saksen-Coburg, Belgian Princess (last Queen of Italy), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 2001)
  • Aug 5 Francis Walder [Francois Waldburger], Belgian author
  • Aug 5 Wassely Leontief, Russian American economist (Nobel 1973), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Aug 8 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • Aug 16 Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89), born in Schloss Frauenthal, Deutschlandsberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • Aug 17 Hazel Bishop, American chemist and cosmetics manufacturer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Aug 17 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), born in Graça, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1980)
  • Aug 21 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, French advertising magnate and Founder of Publicis Groupe, born in Enghien-les-Bains, France (d. 1996)
  • Aug 25 Eugen Gerstenmaier, German politician (CDU), born in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany (d. 1986)
  • Aug 25 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), born in London (d. 1997)

Person of interestAlbert Sabin

Aug 26 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, born in Bialystok, Russian Empire

Physician and Scientist Albert Sabin
Physician and Scientist
Albert Sabin

Person of interestEd Gein

Aug 27 Ed Gein, American serial killer (inspired Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • Aug 28 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), born in London (d. 1984)
  • Aug 30 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, born in London (d. 2002)
  • Aug 31 Vivienne Byerley, publicist

Deaths in History

  • Aug 24 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter, dies
  • Aug 30 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, dies at 59