August 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
  • Aug 12 Yangtzee River floods after heavy rain crumbles dikes in China
  • Aug 15 Ernest Lassy completes longest canoe journey without port (6,102 mi)
  • Aug 15 Roy Wilkins joined NAACP as asst secretary
  • Aug 19 Lefty Grove wins AL record tying 16th consecutive game
  • Aug 23 Count Gyula Károlyi becomes premier of Hungary
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia A's Lefty Grove, loses 1-0 (Browns) after winning 16 straight
  • Aug 24 France & USSR sign neutrality/no attack treaty

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 1 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Whitsett, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Aug 1 Monty Losowsky, British physician and medical educator, born in London
  • Aug 2 Pierre DuMaine, American Roman Catholic bishop, born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Aug 7 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
  • Aug 9 Mark Weinberg, South African/British fiancier/multi-millionaire
  • Aug 12 William Goldman, author
  • Aug 13 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), born in Pontarddulais, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Aug 14 Frederic Raphael, writer (After the War, California Time)
  • Aug 14 Marylyn Roberts, librarian/founding member (WIC)
  • Aug 15 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Aug 18 Henricus AFMO "Hans" van Mierlo, Dutch minister of Defense (D66)
  • Aug 18 Bramwell Tillsley, Canadian Salvation Army general
  • Aug 20 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, photographer (industrialist builder 19th/20th)
  • Aug 23 Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill, British chief of Defense, born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
  • Aug 25 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Aug 26 Gordon Greig, journalist
  • Aug 26 Guy Vander Jagt, (Rep-R-MI, 1966- )
  • Aug 27 Sri Chinmoy, Indian guru, born in Shakpura, British India (now Bangladesh) (d. 2007)
  • Aug 28 Tito Capobianco, Argentinian stage impresario, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • Aug 29 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist, born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 30 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African-American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Aug 30 John Leonard Swigert Jr., American astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1982)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 22 FBI agent Melvin Purvis (27) weds childhood sweetheart Marie Rosanne Willcox at St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

Deaths in History


Person of interestDaniel Williams

Aug 4 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, dies at 73

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Aug 19 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Willem Hubert Nolens, Dutch priest and ambassador to Vatican, dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Frank Harris, Irish-American journalist and writer (My Life & Loves), dies at 75
  • Aug 27 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • Aug 29 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder, dies at 64
  • Aug 31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies