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Events in History in August 1897

  • Aug 4 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • Aug 10 German chemist Felix Hoffman first synthesizes acetylsalicylic acid, which would later be patened by his company Bayer under the name "aspirin"
  • Aug 10 Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)
  • Aug 14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • Aug 17 W B Purvis patents electric railway switch (aka points)
  • Aug 19 1st electric taxis drive in London
  • Aug 21 Oldsmobile first manufactured by Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in Lansing, Michigan
  • Aug 30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.

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Aug 31 British General Kitchener's army occupies Berber, North of Khartoum

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener