What Happened in September 1859

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st Pullman sleeping car in service
  • Sep 1 R C Carrington & R Hodgson make 1st observation of solar flare
  • Sep 1 A solar superstorm affects electrical telegraph service.
  • Sep 2 Gas lighting introduced to Hawaii
  • Sep 2 A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service.

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Sep 16 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone

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Sep 17 Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton

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Sep 17 James Donnelly is sentenced to hang for murdering Patrick Farrell, but a petition for clemency reduces his sentence to 7 years in Kingston Penitentiary

Squatter James Donnelly
James Donnelly
  • Sep 20 George Simpson patents electric range
  • Sep 29 Great auroral display in US

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 3 AAJ Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité, Les Preuves)
  • Sep 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer
  • Sep 11 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian writer (d. 1905)
  • Sep 17 Frank D Adams, Canada geologist/educator
  • Sep 17 Richard Henry Warren, composer
  • Sep 18 John L. Bates, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • Sep 18 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (d. 1940)
  • Sep 20 Yuan She-k'ai, Chinese general/president/dictator
  • Sep 21 Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron/writer (Sursum Corda, Ace Knave)
  • Sep 24 Julius Klengel, cellist/composer

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 5 W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter, dies at 68
  • Sep 13 Cornelis J van Axes, lawyer, dies at 71
  • Sep 15 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72
  • Sep 15 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (b. 1806)
  • Sep 19 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55
  • Sep 28 Rinse Posthumus, Fries writer, dies