What Happened in September 1850

Historical Events

  • Sep 9 Territories of New Mexico & Utah created
  • Sep 9 California is admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union
  • Sep 11 "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind gives 1st US concert
  • Sep 17 Great fire in San Francisco
  • Sep 18 Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850
  • Sep 20 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • Sep 24 Papal Bull issued, establishes Roman Catholic hierarchy in England
  • Sep 28 US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Albert Spalding, American baseball player, founder of Spalding sports company, born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • Sep 2 Eugene Field, author/journalist (Little Boy Blue)
  • Sep 2 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • Sep 4 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal/earl (WW I-Caporetto)
  • Sep 6 Louis Apol, Dutch painter, etcher and literary, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • Sep 9 Harishchandra, India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi
  • Sep 9 Leopoldo Miguez, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 23 José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan hero (b. 1764)