What Happened in September 1871

Historical Events

  • Sep 7 Bay of Biscay: British warship HMS Captain capsizes, 500 killed
  • Sep 17 Mont Cenis railway tunnel Switzerland opens
  • Sep 20 Bishop John Coleridge Patteson martyred on the island of Nukapu, a Polynesian outlier island now in the Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. He was the first bishop of Melanesia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 J. Reuben Clark, Jr., American Undersecretary of State (d. 1961)
  • Sep 10 Charles Collett, British mechanical engineer (d. 1952)
  • Sep 12 Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania
  • Sep 13 Alma Kruger, actress (Made For Each Other), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Fritz Schaudinn, German animal expert (examined syphilis)
  • Sep 21 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier
  • Sep 23 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer
  • Sep 24 Lottie Dod, English athlete (d. 1960)
  • Sep 26 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (d. 1934)
  • Sep 27 Grazia Deledda, Italian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1936)
  • Sep 28 Pietro Badoglio, Grazzano Monferrato, Italy, General/Libyan Governor (1928-33) and Prime Minister of Italy (1943-44)
  • Sep 30 John Fabricius, Neth/English stageauthor (Ring of Prophet)
  • Sep 30 Ruben Mattias Liljefors, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Vaclav Horak, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Cowper Phipps Coles, English inventor (Steel warships), drowns
  • Sep 7 Mehmed E Ali Pasja, Turkish statesman, dies
  • Sep 8 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 12 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 23 Alexander N Afanasjev, Russian story teller, dies at 45
  • Sep 25 Arvir A Afzelius, Swedish story teller, dies
  • Sep 26 Philip Cipriani Hambly Potter, composer, dies at 78