On This Day

August 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
  • Aug 2 US issues 1st Lincoln penny
  • Aug 6 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip
  • Aug 11 SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Aug 11 Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test

Historic Event

Aug 18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President William Howard Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

  • Aug 24 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • Aug 29 AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
  • Aug 29 World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins
  • Aug 30 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Nigel Henderson, British Royal Navy admiral (d. 1993)
  • Aug 2 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Aug 4 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Aug 9 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • Aug 9 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German lawyer and diplomat, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1944)
  • Aug 10 George W Crockett Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1980- )
  • Aug 10 Julio A Abraham, president (Democratic Party Bonaire)
  • Aug 10 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
  • Aug 11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • Aug 11 Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
  • Aug 12 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • Aug 12 Richard Bare, American director
  • Aug 15 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • Aug 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • Aug 21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 22 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), born in Liljac, Vraca, Bulgaria (d. 1985)
  • Aug 26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 27 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Aug 29 Roy Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 30 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), born in Birmingham (d. 1996)
  • Aug 31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 8 William Miller, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • Aug 19 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander of Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and Member of parliament, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies at 67