What Happened in September 1879

Historical Events

  • Sep 5 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, and commander on board the Jeannette, becomes trapped with his crew in pack ice during his attempt to reach the North Pole
  • Sep 15 Pim Mulier forms "Haarlem Football Club"
  • Sep 19 Thomas Ray becomes youngest to break a world track & field record pole-vaulting 11' 2½" at age 17 years & 198 days
  • Sep 19 The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.

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Sep 20 Ulysses S. Grant and family go to SF for elaborate extended visit

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Sep 23 Baldwin steam motors tram 1st tried in Sydney Australia
  • Sep 23 Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiophone
  • Sep 28 Sydney Australia inaugurates steam motor tram route
  • Sep 29 NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players
  • Sep 29 19th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 169 at St Andrews

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 An Jung-geun, Korean nationalist and assassin of Itō Hirobumi (d. 1910)
  • Sep 6 Neal Rev Dodd, Iowa, actor (You Belong to Me)
  • Sep 6 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), born in Berlin (d. 1936)
  • Sep 7 Nachman N "Neddy" Bamberg, Dutch actor (Haddock Mary)
  • Sep 12 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter
  • Sep 12 H de Bie, Dutch lawyer (children's law)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 14 Margaret Sanger, American nurse, birth control proponent and feminist, born in Corning, New York (d. 1966)

  • Sep 15 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
  • Sep 17 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (d. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social Reformer (d. 1973)
  • Sep 20 Jacobo Conrad, [Coco Lepol/Elias Martinus], Curacaos composer
  • Sep 20 Victor Seastrom, Silbodal Sweden, director (Wind, Under the Red Robe)
  • Sep 25 Luis da Costa, composer
  • Sep 25 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and labor leader, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (d. 1963)
  • Sep 26 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria, writer (Fairy, Samodiva Fee)
  • Sep 27 Cyril M Scott, English pianist/composer/author (Heroic Suite)
  • Sep 27 Hans Hahn, Austrian mathematician (d. 1934)
  • Sep 28 Benjamin Christensen, Viborg Denmark, actor (Barnet, Mockery)
  • Sep 29 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer
  • Sep 30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • Sep 30 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Viola d'amour)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 8 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 58
  • Sep 12 Peter Arnold Heise, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 14 Bernhard von Cotta, German geologist (b. 1808)
  • Sep 17 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
  • Sep 28 Nathan C Meeker, US, poet/writer, murdered