What Happened in 1909

Significant Events

  • Jan 9 Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south)
  • Mar 26 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz
  • Apr 19 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church
  • Sep 6 Word received that American explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier
  • Sep 7 Eugene Lefebvre becomes first pilot to die in an airplane craft, while test piloting new French-built Wright biplane at Juvisy
  • Sep 12 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
  • Dec 7 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball

On August 31, 1909


World Leaders in 1909

Famous People in 1909

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 15 Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
  • Oct 2 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins