September 1909 in History

Events in History

  • 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 11 Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet
  • Sep 12 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 1 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (d. 1957)

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Sep 4 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician (Auschwitz), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • Sep 7 Elia Kazan, Constaninople Turkey, director (Streetcar Named Desire)
  • Sep 11 William H Natcher, (Rep-D-Kentucky, 1953- )
  • Sep 12 Donald MacDonald, O.C., LL.D. former president of the Canadian Labour Congress and politician (d. 1986)
  • Sep 14 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer (d. 1989)
  • Sep 15 Jean Batten, NZ air pioneer (1st woman to fly solo Australia-
  • Sep 15 C.N.Annadurai, Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
  • Sep 16 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Sep 16 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • Sep 17 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • Sep 17 Kenneth Darling, Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Northern Europe
  • Sep 19 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (d. 1998)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 21 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Sep 22 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • Sep 23 Marianne Straub, weaver
  • Sep 24 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • Sep 25 Florizel A Glasspole, governor-gen of Jamaica (1973-91)
  • Sep 26 Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994-2002), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Al Capp, [Alfred Gerald Caplin], cartoonist (Li'l Abner), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sep 28 Stephen Spender, poet [or Feb 28]
  • Sep 29 Andrew Herron, Moderator (General Assembly of Church of Scotland)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 7 Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
  • Sep 9 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad entrepreneur (b. 1848)