August 1887 in history

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1887

Aug 3 Rupert Brooke an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet B. Yeats to describe him as "the handsomest young man in England"
Aug 9 Hans Oster a German Army general, an opponent of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and a leading figure of the German resistance from 1938 to 1943. As deputy head of the counter-espionage bureau , Oster was in a strong position to conduct resistance operations under the guise of intelligence work. But after the failed July Plot on Hitler’s life, the diaries of Wilhelm Canaris were seized, and Oster’s treachery revealed. In April 1945, he was hanged at Flossenbürg concentration camp, with Canaris and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Aug 10 Sam Warner a Polish-born American film producer who was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Studios. He established the studio along with his brothers Harry, Albert, and Jack Warner. Sam Warner is credited with procuring the technology that enabled Warner Bros. to produce the film industry's first feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer. He died in 1927, the day before the film's enormously successful premiere
Aug 12 Erwin Schrödinger a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics: he formulated the wave equation and revealed the identity of his development of the formalism and matrix mechanics. Schrödinger proposed an original interpretation of the physical meaning of the wave function
Aug 17 Charles I of Austria or Charles IV of Hungary was, among other titles, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the last Emperor of Austria, the last King of Hungary, and the last monarch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He reigned from 1916 until 1918, when he "renounced participation" in state affairs, but did not abdicate. He spent the remaining years of his life attempting to restore the monarchy until his death in 1922. Following his beatification by the Catholic Church in 2004, he has become commonly known as Blessed Charles of Austria
Aug 17 Marcus Garvey a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands
Aug 22 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk a German senior government official who served as Minister of Finance of Germany from 1932 to 1945 and Leading Minister of the German Reich in May 1945.

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1887

Aug 1 Mikhail Katkov a Conservative Russian journalist influential during the reign of Alexander III.
Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan best known today as the man who prevented the summary execution of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, at the close of the 1838 Mormon War in that state. He also achieved renown as a leader of American troops during the Mexican–American War, as the author of a legal code that still forms the basis of New Mexico's Bill of Rights, and as a successful defense attorney in the Missouri towns of Liberty, Richmond and Independence
Aug 14 Richard Jefferies an English nature writer, noted for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels. His childhood on a small Wiltshire farm had a great influence on him and provides the background to all his major works of fiction. For all that, these show a remarkable diversity, including Bevis , a classic children's book, and After London , an early work of science fiction. For much of his adult life, he suffered from tuberculosis, and his struggles with the illness and with poverty also play a role in his writing. Jefferies valued and cultivated an intensity of feeling in his experience of the world around him, a cultivation that he describes in detail in The Story of My Heart. This work, an introspective depiction of his thoughts and feelings on the world, gained him the reputation of a nature mystic at the time. But it is his success in conveying his awareness of nature and people within it, both in his fiction and in essay collections such as The Amateur Poacher and Round About a Great Estate , that has drawn most admirers. Walter Besant wrote of his reaction on first reading Jefferies: "Why, we must have been blind all our lives; here were the most wonderful things possible going on under our very noses, but we saw them not."
Aug 16 Julius von Haast a German geologist. He founded Canterbury Museum at Christchurch, New Zealand
Aug 19 Spencer Fullerton Baird an American naturalist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and museum curator. Baird was the first curator to be named at the Smithsonian Institution. He would eventually serve as the second Secretary of the Smithsonian, from 1878 until 1887. He published over 1,000 works during his lifetime. He was dedicated to expanding the natural history collections of the Smithsonian and upon his death, had done so by expanding the collection from 6,000 specimens in 1850 to over 2 million upon his death
Aug 20 Jules Laforgue a Franco-Uruguayan poet, often referred to as a Symbolist poet. Critics and commentators have also pointed to Impressionism as a direct influence and his poetry has been called "part-symbolist, part-impressionist"
Aug 23 Sarah Yorke Jackson the daughter-in-law of U.S. President Andrew Jackson. She served as White House hostess and unofficial First Lady of the United States from November 26, 1834 to March 4, 1837