August 1910

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The following events occurred in August 1910:

August 9, 1910: Mayor of New York City shot
August 28, 1910: Nicholas I proclaims the Kingdom of Montenegro
August 13, 1910: Florence Nightingale dies at 90
August 20, 1910: Fire destroys towns across U.S. Northwest (pictured: Wallace, Idaho)

August 1, 1910 (Monday)[edit]

  • An aviator, known only as Monsieur Baeder, became the first pilot to carry three passengers in an airplane. The total weight lifted into the air was 700 pounds.[1] Baeder was killed nine days later, one of 53 aviators killed in the worst year for flying to that time.[2]
  • A boy in Sunderland, England, became the second person to be killed on the ground by an airplane. French aviatrix Mathilde Franck clipped a flagpole and the plane struck the crowd. On October 18, 1909, a woman in France had become the first such fatality.[3]

August 2, 1910 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Oklahoma's state constitution was amended to require literacy tests for all persons except descendants of persons who were free prior to the end of slavery, disenfranchising 30,000 African Americans.[4]

August 3, 1910 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The last of the United Kingdom's "Anti-Catholic Oaths", the 1672 Declaration of Attestation, was repealed by Act of Parliament and Royal Assent.[5]

August 4, 1910 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Alexander Guchkov, Russia's highest ranking legislator as President of the Duma, began a four-week jail sentence after being convicted of fighting a duel with opposition leader Count Uvaroff on November 30.[4] He was released after five days.[6]
  • Born: Anita Page, American silent film actress, as Anita Pomares in Flushing, Queens, New York (d. 2008)
  • Born: William Schuman, American composer, (d. 1992)

August 5, 1910 (Friday)[edit]

  • Flooding in and around Tokyo killed more than 1,000 people, and left 100,000 homeless.[7]
  • Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier was injured when the train he was on crashed head-on with a freight train. A crewmember was killed, while Laurier's injuries were described as minor.[8]

August 6, 1910 (Saturday)[edit]

  • HMS Lion, first of the "super-Dreadnought" class of Royal Navy battlecruisers, was launched at Devonport. The largest warship to date, the Lion was 700 feet long.[4]
  • Brazil announced its intention to build the largest and most powerful battleship in history, the Rio de Janeiro. However, a downturn in the economy required Brazil to scale back its plans, and a smaller version of the ship was sold by Brazil to Turkey.[9]
  • Outside a café in Leiden, Netherlands, Gustav Mahler met Sigmund Freud, and they conversed for four hours, before parting forever. Their encounter would be dramatized a century later in the German documentary film Mahler on the Couch[10]

August 7, 1910 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The government issued an ultimatum to the Mujahidin in Tehran to turn in their weapons on August 4, 1910, and government troops attacked the residence of Sattar Khan in Tehran on August 7, 1910. Government troops attacked the Mujahidin in Atabak Park (garden of the Atabak-i A’zam) in Tehran on August 7, 1910, resulting in the deaths of some 30 Mujahidin.[11]
  • Residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were shaken by the sight and impact of a large meteor that impacted near the town during the afternoon.[12]
  • Born: Lucien Hervé, Hungarian-born French photographer, as László Elkán, in Hódmezővásárhely (d. 2007)

August 8, 1910 (Monday)[edit]

August 9, 1910 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • William Jay Gaynor, the Mayor of New York City, was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt. Mayor Gaynor was preparing to board a liner for a European vacation, when a recently fired city employee shot him.[15]
  • The first commercially successful, automatic, washing machine, invented by Alva J. Fisher, was granted U.S. Patent No. 966,677. The "Thor" machine was marketed by the Hurley Machine Company.[16]
  • The Sungari agreement, between Russia and China, was signed at Beijing, with China giving up claims for free trade on the border between the two empires.[4]
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen departed Norway on what was announced as his third expedition to the North Pole. As it turned out, Amundsen and his crew were planning to race against Britain's Robert F. Scott to reach the South Pole.[17]

August 10, 1910 (Wednesday)[edit]

August 11, 1910 (Thursday)[edit]

  • At the Pan-American Conference held in Buenos Aires, the participating nations voted to create a Pan-American Union, to be led by the U.S. Secretary of State.[4]
  • The boundaries between the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and German East Africa (now part of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) were established by a Belgian-German treaty.[21]
  • Robert Fox of Putney, England, was granted a U.K. Patent for "means of producing cinematograph effects ... by means of the motion of a railway carriage". Though never used, the system called for images on the side of underground subway tunnels, to be viewed in succession like frames on a film. A later commentator noted "Not quite flat-screen video panels, but a bold effort that had to wait almost a century to be realised."[22]

August 12, 1910 (Friday)[edit]

August 13, 1910 (Saturday)[edit]

  • What George F. Will has called the "baseball game of perfect symmetry"[24] took place as Brooklyn and Pittsburgh played an 8–8 tie, and when the game was called, each team had 8 runs, 13 hits, 2 errors, 12 assists, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit baseman, and one passed ball.[25]
  • Died: Florence Nightingale, 90, English founder of professional nursing

August 14, 1910 (Sunday)[edit]

  • A collision between an excursion train and a freight train, at Saujon, France, killed 37 people and injured 58 others.[26]
  • A fire at the World's Fair in Brussels destroyed the Belgian, English and French exhibition buildings and caused ten million dollars damage.[4]
  • Vaika Birds' Reserve was founded by Estonia on the Vilsandi.
  • Died: Mayor William F. Robinson of El Paso, Texas, was killed, along with a fireman, when a wall at Calisher's Department Store collapsed during the blaze.[27]
  • Dutch Zwilling, the last Major League Baseball player (alphabetically), made his major league debut, for the Chicago White Sox.[28]
  • Born: Pierre Schaeffer, French composer, in Nancy (d. 1995)

August 15, 1910 (Monday)[edit]

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August 16, 1910 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The Campbell Brothers Circus was traveling between towns on a train, when a passenger train crashed into it at Babcock, Wisconsin, at 8:30 in the morning. One man was killed, along with six camels, six ponies and two elephants. Another two elephants ran off into the woods before being recaptured.[31] The event is commemorated by a historical marker at Babcock.
  • Died: Pedro Montt, the 15th President of Chile, died at the age of 64, hours after arriving in Bremen, Germany, on the liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Elías Fernández, who was sworn in to succeed Montt, died three weeks later on September 6.[32]

August 17, 1910 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Freiheit, a German-language anarchist newspaper which Johann Most had established on January 4, 1879, published its final issue. From 1882 until his death in 1906, Most published it weekly in the United States.[33]
  • George White made his Broadway debut as a vaudeville performer. Within nine years, he would become producer of his own star-studded Broadway revue, George White's Scandals, which would be the chief competitor against the Ziegfeld Follies during the 1920s and 1930s.[34]

August 18, 1910 (Thursday)[edit]

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  • Florists' Transworld Delivery, known at flower shops as FTD, was founded by fifteen flower shop owners in various cities, who inaugurated the first system of "wiring flowers", whereby a person in one city could arrange with one florist for the delivery of flowers, long distance, by another florist. In 1965, international deliveries began.[35]
  • Rickwood Field, the oldest professional baseball park in America, opened with 10,000 fans watching the minor league Birmingham Barons play a Southern League game. The park also hosted the Negro League Birmingham Black Barons between 1923 and 1960, while the SL Barons played there until 1987. The park continues to host one Barons' game each season, with the players wearing "throwback" uniforms.[36]
  • The 80th birthday of His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, Francis Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, was celebrated throughout Austria-Hungary.[37]

August 19, 1910 (Friday)[edit]

  • Annexation of Canada's provinces by the United States was advocated by Canadian M.P. Henri Bourassa in an address delivered at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Bourassa said that such a merger was more favorable than continuing the British Dominion, federation within the British Empire, or complete independence. "Would Annex Canada To the United States", Oakland Tribune, August 19, 1910, p1
  • An epidemic of cholera had killed 10,723 people in Russia during the week of August 7–13, according to a government announcement made in St. Petersburg, although Red Cross officials said that the actual numbers were probably higher.[38]
  • Born: Saint Alphonsa, as Alphonsa Muttathupadathu, in Kudamaloor, Palai, India, canonized 2008 (d. 1946)

August 20, 1910 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Great Fire of 1910: Several small forest fires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana were swept by winds to combine into the largest forest fire in American history,[39] described in Timothy Egan's book The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America[40] Rain dampened the fires on August 23. The death toll in the weekend fires was reported to be 160 people.[41]
  • Nicaragua's President, José Madriz, resigned and conceded defeat by American-backed rebels led by General Juan José Estrada. The General's brother, José Dolores Estrada, became acting President, followed by Luis Mena, until General Estrada could arrive in Managua on August 30.[42]
  • The first gunshots, ever fired from an airplane, were made by Lieutenant James Fickel. As pilot Glenn Curtiss brought his airplane down to 100 feet over the Sheepshead Bay racetrack in New York, Fickel shot a rifle at a target.[43]
  • The Royal Navy battleship HMS Orion was launched.[42][42]
  • Born: Eero Saarinen, Finnish architect, in Kirkkonummi (d. 1961)

August 21, 1910 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Eighteen British sailors died when the cruiser HMS Bedford ran aground near the Korea's Quelpart Island (now called Jeju-do).[42][44]
  • The Navy of the Ottoman Empire acquired its first battleships. The Barbaros and the Turgut Reis were purchased from Germany after the Ottomans were unable to acquire a dreadnought-class ship.[45]
  • In fiction, this date is the setting for the 1981 Spanish film El crimen de Cuenca, directed by Pilar Miró.

August 22, 1910 (Monday)[edit]

  • In Seoul, the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty was signed by Yi Wan-Yong, Prime Minister of Korea, on behalf of the Emperor of Korea, and by the Japanese Resident-General, Terauchi Masatake, on behalf of the Emperor of Japan, with the provision that "on August 29, 1910, the Imperial Government of Japan shall undertake the entire government and administration of Korea". One week later, Korea's status as an independent nation was changed to the Japanese territory of Cho-Sen, with Terauchi as Governor-General.[46]

August 23, 1910 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • A rift between U.S. President William H. Taft and U.S. Vice-President James S. Sherman, described in the New York Times as "without a parallel in the history of the relations between the two highest Government officials",[47] threatened to split the Republican Party during mid-year elections. The occasion was the public revelation of Taft's criticism of Sherman, in a letter to a New York City party chief Lloyd Griscom. Roosevelt "blacked Jim Sherman's other eye" by telling reporters that he was "very much pleased with Mr. Taft's statement."[48]

August 24, 1910 (Wednesday)[edit]

August 25, 1910 (Thursday)[edit]

August 26, 1910 (Friday)[edit]

  • Thomas Edison gave the first demonstration of the kinetophone, synchronizing the sound from a phonographic record to a kinetoscope motion picture. The press conference, at West Orange, New Jersey, showed a man walking "and as his lips moved, the sound of his voice issued from the concealed phonograph". The New York Times added "This was all that Mr. Edison would show."[51]
  • Born: Mother Teresa, Albanian nun turned India humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize 1979; as Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Üsküb (now Skopje) (d. 1997)
  • Died: William James, 68, American pioneering psychologist (b. 1842)

August 27, 1910 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The first wireless transmission from an airplane took place at the track at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Brooklyn. Pilot J.B. McCurdy, who had a telegraphic key on the steering wheel of his airplane, and a 50 foot antenna trailing the plane, repeatedly sent a 17 word message to H.M. Horton, whose receiver was located in the grandstand of the race track. The range for the first experiment was two miles.[52]
  • Luis Mena became Acting President of Nicaragua, serving for two days until General Juan José Estrada took office.[42]

August 28, 1910 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The Kingdom of Montenegro was created at 7:30 a.m. in Cetinje, when Prince Nikola Petrović-Njegoš was proclaimed by Parliament (the Skupština) as King Nicholas I. King Nicholas I was the nation's only monarch, and Montenegro became part of The Kingdom of Yugoslavia from 1918 until 1992.[53]
  • The National Billiard League was founded in Kansas City, with Chicago Cubs catcher Johnny Kling as its President. Franchises were placed in Kansas City, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, Brooklyn and Cincinnati.[54]
  • Born: Tjalling Koopmans, Dutch economics expert, Nobel laureate 1975, in 's-Graveland (d. 1985)

August 29, 1910 (Monday)[edit]

August 30, 1910 (Tuesday)[edit]

August 31, 1910 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Woolworth's opened a "Refreshment Room" in its store on 14th Street in New York City, serving meals to department store customers for the first time. The idea was duplicated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and then (as a lunch counter) in other Woolworth's stores, creating the first restaurant chain. Karen Plunkett-Powell, Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-dime (St. Martin's Griffin, 1999) p151
  • Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, in which he unveiled "New Nationalism", a liberal policy that would become the focus of his bid to recapture the presidency in the 1912 elections.[56]


  1. ^ "Four on a Biplane", New York Times, August 2, 1910, p1
  2. ^ "Fifty-Three Airmen Killed During the Year 1910", Popular Mechanics (February 1911), p185
  3. ^ "Falling Biplane Kills Boy", New York Times, August 2, 1910, p3
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Record of Current Events", The American Monthly Review of Reviews (September 1910), pp289–292
  5. ^ "Oaths, English Post-Reformation", in The Catholic Encyclopedia online
  6. ^ "Guchkoff Soon Released", New York Times, August 9, 1910, p8
  7. ^ "1,112 Japanese Drowned", New York Times, August 16, 1910, p2
  8. ^ "Laurier in a Train Wreck", New York Times, August 7, 1910, p1
  9. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906–1921 (Naval Institute Press, 1985), p405
  10. ^ "A classical music critic’s take on ‘Mahler on the Couch’", by Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe, November 23, 2010
  11. ^ "Battle in Tehran", New York Times, August 8, 1910, p3
  12. ^ "Meteor Shakes a City", Washington Post, August 8, 1910, p1
  13. ^ "Quam singulari", Eternal World TV Network libraries
  14. ^ "Raising Galveston: The Miracle After the 1900 Hurricane", by Don Walden, Invention & Technology (Winter 1990)
  15. ^ "Gaynor Shot", New York Times, August 10, 1910, p1; Inside the Apple, by Michelle and James Nevius
  16. ^ David J. Cole, Eve Browning, and Fred E.H. Schroeder The Encyclopedia of Everyday Inventions (Greenwood Press, 2003) pp269–270
  17. ^ "The Polarship Fram"
  18. ^ Steve Frankham, Malaysia and Singapore (Footprint Travel Guides, 2008) p353
  19. ^ "Indict 39 For Lynching", New York Times, August 11, 1910, p3
  20. ^ "Brookins Falls; Eight Injured", New York Times, August 11, 1910, p1
  21. ^ "International Boundary Study"
  22. ^ Fisher's Circle
  23. ^ "Uhlan Trots Mile in Record Time", New York Times, August 13, 1910, p5
  24. ^ George F. Will, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, p7 (Harper Collins, 1990)
  25. ^ "Baseball Can Be A Game of Incredible Irony", by Wayne Stewart, Baseball Digest (August 1989), p61
  26. ^ "37 Killed by Collision", New York Times, August 16, 1910, p3
  27. ^ "Mayor Killed at Fire", New York Times, August 15, 1910, p1
  28. ^, June 6, 2008
  29. ^ Rotary International site
  30. ^ AACRAO website
  31. ^ "Circus Train Wrecked", Stevens Point (Wis.) Daily Journal, August 17, 1910, p1
  32. ^ Chile: General Descriptive Data (Pan American Union, 1921) p7
  33. ^ Thomas Adam, Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (ABC-CLIO 2005), pp385–387
  34. ^ Ken Bloom, Broadway: Its History, People, and Places (Taylor & Francis, 2004) pp555–557
  35. ^ FTD website
  36. ^ Birmingham Barons website.
  37. ^ "Emperor-King 80 Years Old", New York Times, August 19, 1910, p4
  38. ^ "10,000 Cholera Victims in the Czar's Realm", Oakland Tribune, August 19, 1910, p1
  39. ^ Idaho Forest Products Commission
  40. ^ Houghton Mifflin, 2009
  41. ^ "Death List Put At 160", New York Times, August 27, 1910, p3
  42. ^ a b c d e f g h "Record of Current Events", The American Monthly Review of Reviews (October 1910), pp420–422
  43. ^ "Aviation During World War One",; "Five Airmen Sail in Skies at Once", New York Times, August 21, 1910, p2
  44. ^ "Eighteen Drowned in British Cruiser", New York Times, August 23, 1910, p4
  45. ^ Turkey in the First World War
  46. ^ Text of Treaty
  47. ^ "Real Clash With Sherman", New York Times, August 23, 1910, p2
  48. ^ "Roosevelt Now Fights Sherman", New York Times, August 24, 1910, p1
  49. ^ Howard Cox, The Global Cigarette: Origins and Evolution of British American Tobacco, 1880–1945 (Oxford University Press, 2000) p222
  50. ^ "The Kaiser's Divine Right"; "The Chorus of Criticism", New York Times, August 27, 1910, p1
  51. ^ "Motion Pictures Are Made to Talk", New York Times, August 27, 1910, p8
  52. ^ "Aviation and Airplanes", by Capt. W. Irving Chambers, United States Naval Institute Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute, 1911), p174; "Early Radio History"
  53. ^ Spencer E. Tucker, ed. World War I: A Student Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2006), p1329; "Nicholas Now a King", New York Times, August 29, 1910, p1
  54. ^ "New Billiard League", New York Times, August 29, 1910, p8
  55. ^ Jürgen Kleiner, Korea: A Century of Change (World Scientific, 2001), p25; Centennial observation
  56. ^ "Theodore Roosevelt's Osawatomie Speech" by Robert S. La Forte, Kansas Historical Quarterly (Summer, 1966), pp187–200