What Happened in September 1885

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who were struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers, killing 28, wounding 15, and forcing several hundred more out of town.
  • Sep 4 1st cafeteria opens (NYC)
  • Sep 5 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind)
  • Sep 6 Eastern Rumelia declares its union with Bulgaria. The Unification of Bulgaria is accomplished.
  • Sep 11 Moses Hopkins, named minister to Liberia
  • Sep 12 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • Sep 16 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup
  • Sep 18 Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination.
  • Sep 21 Dutch demonstrate for general voting right
  • Sep 22 Lord Randolph Churchill makes a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. "Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right".
  • Sep 24 Five German warships depart to Zanzibar
  • Sep 29 The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England.
  • Sep 30 Bechuanaland becomes a British protectorate

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 4 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (d. 1971)
  • Sep 4 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal (d. 1971)
  • Sep 5 John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (National monument on the Dam)
  • Sep 6 Franz T Csokor, Austrian author (Writings on the Wall)
  • Sep 6 Otto Kruger, actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Harry Sinclair Lewis, US, writer (Babbitt, Nobel 1930)
  • Sep 10 Berthold Altaner, German church historian (Patrologie)
  • Sep 10 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (9th Wave)
  • Sep 10 Johannes de Jong, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht (Handbook)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 11 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1930)

  • Sep 11 Eratstus Flaval Beadle, publisher (Beadle's Dime Novels)
  • Sep 11 Herbert Stothart, composer
  • Sep 13 Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian geometer (d. 1962)
  • Sep 14 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • Sep 16 Karen Horney, German/US, neo-freudian psychoanalyst
  • Sep 17 George Cleveland, Sydney Nova Scotia, actor (Courage of Lassie)
  • Sep 17 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer
  • Sep 18 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • Sep 21 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
  • Sep 22 Erich von Stroheim, early film director/actor (Grand Illusion)
  • Sep 22 Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (d. 1940)
  • Sep 22 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
  • Sep 24 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor/playwright (Sailor's Wives)
  • Sep 26 Anna M F "Annie" Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 6/26]
  • Sep 27 Harry Blackstone, Sr., American magician (d. 1965)
  • Sep 28 Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 13 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
  • Sep 15 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • Sep 15 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)
  • Sep 30 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress, dies at 60