Historical Events in 1909

  • Jan 1 Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
  • Jan 1 Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher.
  • Jan 1 In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income
  • Jan 2 1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
  • Jan 5 Colombia recognizes Panama's independence

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Jan 9 Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south)

Polar Explorer Ernest Shackleton
Polar Explorer
Ernest Shackleton
  • Jan 14 Coöp. Far. Central Management forms
  • Jan 16 British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
  • Jan 19 Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 22 Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich
  • Jan 23 1st radio rescue at sea
  • Jan 25 Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden
  • Jan 27 The Young Left is founded in Norway.
  • Jan 28 US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
  • Feb 1 US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
  • Feb 1 US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
  • Feb 2 Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
  • Feb 8 France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco
  • Feb 9 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • Feb 9 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
  • Feb 12 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
  • Feb 12 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
  • Feb 12 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
  • Feb 16 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)
  • Feb 16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary

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Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Feb 20 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
  • Feb 21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London
  • Feb 22 Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va

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Feb 23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

  • Feb 24 The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
  • Feb 26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation
  • Mar 1 1st US university school of nursing established, Univ of Minn
  • Mar 2 Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
  • Mar 3 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3

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Mar 4 William Howard Taft inaugrated as 27th US President during 10" snowstorm

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Mar 4 US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds

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Mar 6 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Griselda" premieres in Vienna

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Mar 10 Jack Johnson fights Victor McLaglen to no decision in 6 for box title
  • Mar 12 Alarmed over increasing German naval strength, Parliament passes a new naval appropriations bill
  • Mar 14 Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms
  • Mar 18 Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
  • Mar 18 Russia and Bulgaria reach an agreement in which late 19th century Russian financial claims are cancelled to meet compensation due to Turkey from Bulgaria
  • Mar 21 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • Mar 21 Germany sends Russia a diplomatic notes requesting recognition of the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and cessation of support to Serbia in the controversy
  • Mar 26 August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premieres in Stockholm
  • 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
  • Mar 26 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement aboard Lutteur III wins
  • Mar 30 Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens
  • Mar 31 Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years
  • Mar 31 Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for his 1st time
  • Mar 31 In a diplomatic note to Austria, Serbia recognizes the Bosnian annexation and promises to maintain friendly relations with Austria
  • Apr 6 1st credit union forms in US
  • Apr 6 North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson
  • Apr 9 The US Congress pass the Payne-Aldrich bill, raising certain tariffs on goods entering the United States
  • Apr 11 Establishment of Tel Aviv by Jewish settlers (named 1910)
  • Apr 12 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
  • Apr 13 In Constantinople the primarily Albanian First Army Corps seizes the parliament building and telegraphs offices, forcing the Ottoman statesman Hilmi Pasha to resign
  • Apr 14 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
  • Apr 15 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • Apr 19 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of NH in 2:53:36.8

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Apr 19 Joan of Arc receives beatification by the Roman Catholic Church

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • Apr 19 A convention with Turkey recognizes Bulgarian independence
  • Apr 24 Harry Hillman & Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds
  • Apr 27 Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown
  • May 1 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium

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May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 7 Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv)
  • May 8 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • May 8 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • May 10 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands
  • May 13 The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner.
  • May 17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
  • May 19 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
  • May 22 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • May 24 Bristol University granted Royal Charter
  • May 29 Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run
  • May 30 National Conference on the Negro is held
  • May 30 Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv
  • May 31 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, NYC)
  • Jun 1 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle
  • Jun 2 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
  • Jun 2 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
  • Jun 7 Cleveland Industrial Exposition opens

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Jun 7 Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • Jun 9 Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
  • Jun 11 49th British Golf Open: J.H. Taylor shoots a 295 at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
  • Jun 12 "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1
  • Jun 15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • Jun 16 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000

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Jun 16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 18 Nannie Burroughs forms national training School for Women
  • Jun 20 1st balloon honeymoon (Roger Burham & Eleanor Waring)
  • Jun 23 Confessional parties win Dutch parliamentary elections
  • Jun 24 15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood GC NJ
  • Jun 25 George Sargent wins US Open golf tournament
  • Jun 26 Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London
  • Jun 27 Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Neth (Belgium count De Lambert)
  • Jun 27 23rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-0, 6-1)
  • Jun 28 1st French air show, Concours d'Avation opens
  • Jun 30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 3 26th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby beats A Morton (6-4 4-6 8-6)
  • Jul 3 33rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats J Ritchie (6-8 1-6 6-2 6-2 6-2)
  • Jul 8 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights
  • Jul 12 16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes)
  • Jul 14 Germany chancellor Bernhard von Bulow resigns

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Jul 15 Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 16 Det & Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
  • Jul 19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play
  • Jul 24 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jul 25 France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across English Channel

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Jul 27 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

  • Jul 30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Jul 30 Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army
  • Jul 31 Bill Burns pitching for White Sox has 2nd no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Aug 1 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
  • Aug 1 7th Tour de France won by Francois Faber of Luxembourg
  • Aug 2 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
  • Aug 2 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers

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Aug 4 Ump Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call, this leads to Hurst's banishment

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Aug 6 Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip.
  • Aug 7 US issues 1st Lincoln penny
  • Aug 10 Algemeene Netherland Toonkunstenars Ver (ANTV) begins
  • Aug 11 SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
  • Aug 11 Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test
  • Aug 18 Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.
  • Aug 19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • Aug 24 Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • Aug 26 Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn & 31 in a single day
  • Aug 27 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander game
  • Aug 27 29th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats William Clothier (6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1)
  • Aug 29 AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
  • Aug 29 World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins
  • Aug 30 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
  • Aug 31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
  • Sep 2 King Edward VII signs South Africa Act
  • 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 9 Jack Johnson fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title
  • Sep 11 Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet
  • Sep 12 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
  • Sep 13 Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)
  • Sep 17 Denis Peyrony and Louis Capitan discover the skull of an adult male Neanderthal (La Ferrassie 1) during excavations in a rock shelter near La Ferrassie, France
  • Sep 18 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
  • Sep 20 The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages
  • Sep 25 Hudson-Fulton Celebration opens in NY
  • Sep 27 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes
  • Oct 2 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
  • Oct 8 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • Oct 9 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game
  • Oct 14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • Oct 16 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 16 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • Oct 18 Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
  • Oct 24 Italy and Russia sign the Racconigi Pact in which both nations promise to support the status quo in the Balkans
  • Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China
  • Nov 4 Opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" is produced (Munich)
  • Nov 7 Knights of St Peter Claver founded in Mobile, Alabama; Ladies Auxiliary formed in 1922
  • Nov 11 Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Nov 11 J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London

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Nov 12 Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Nov 13 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois
  • Nov 13 Ben Simpson of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Nov 13 Collier's magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.
  • Nov 16 EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
  • Nov 18 US invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya
  • Nov 19 Former Dutch premier Abraham Kuyper denies corruption
  • Nov 20 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Nov 23 7.17" (18.2 cm) of rainfall, Rattlesnake Creek, Idaho (state rec)
  • Nov 23 Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes
  • Nov 26 Sigma Alpha Mu is founded in the City College of New York by 8 Jewish young men.
  • Nov 30 9th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Sydney (5-0)

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Nov 30 British House of Lords rejects David Lloyd George's 'People's Budget', which tried to shift tax burden to the wealthy. Leads to the Parliament Act; intent to stop unelected house overruling will of the elected house.

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • Dec 1 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
  • Dec 1 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
  • Dec 4 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
  • Dec 7 Belgian-born Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
  • Dec 8 Bird banding society found
  • Dec 9 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Dec 11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • Dec 15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 16 A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • Dec 21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • Dec 21 Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 Unitversity of Copenhagen rejects American Explorer Frederick Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • Dec 23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians