On This Day

What Happened in September 1831

Historical Events

  • Sep 8 William IV is crowned King of Great Britain, then aged 64 the oldest person to assume the British throne
  • Sep 15 The locomotive "John Bull" operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad
  • Sep 26 Robert Montgomery Bird's play "The Gladiator" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 7 Alexandre Falguière, French sculptor and painter, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1900)
  • Sep 8 Wilhelm Raabe [Jakob Corvinus], German author (Der Hungerpastor), born in Eschershausen, Germany (d. 1910)
  • Sep 13 Andrew Noble, Scottish physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics, born in Greenock (d. 1915)
  • Sep 29 John McAlister Schofield, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gerry, New York (d. 1906)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 6 Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank, German composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 8 John Aitken, Scottish-born American music publisher, dies at 85 or 86
  • Sep 10 George Guest, English organist and composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 18 Peter Hansel, German Austrian composer and violinist, dies at 60
  • Sep 27 Henry van Wine, archivist/founder General Rijksarchief, dies at 91
  • Sep 27 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55