What Happened in September 1855

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Indian Wars: In Nebraska, 700 soldiers under American General William S. Harney avenge the Grattan Massacre by attacking a Sioux village, killing 100 men, women, and children.
  • Sep 8 French forces successfully assault the Malakoff Line during the Crimean War
  • Sep 8 British and French troops capture Sevastopol from the Russians, effectively ending the Crimean War
  • Sep 27 George F Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle", 2nd American opera, opens in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Innokenty Annensky, Omsk, Russian Empire, poet, critic and interpreter (poètes maudits)
  • Sep 6 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1928)
  • Sep 7 William Friese-Greene, British photographer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 9 Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist
  • Sep 9 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil exploration pioneer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 12 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • Sep 12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • Sep 28 Thomas F Tout, historian (Manchester school of historiography), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, born in Castellamare di Stabia (d. 1929)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 24 Alexandre Stievenard, composer, dies at 86