On This Day

What Happened in September 1838

Historical Events

Historic Event

Sep 3 Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery disguised as a sailor

  • Sep 5 Central Museum opens in Utrecht Netherlands

Music Premiere

Sep 10 Hector Berlioz's opera "Benvenuto Cellini" premieres in Paris

  • Sep 18 Anti-Corn Law League established in Great Britain by Richard Cobden
  • Sep 19 Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake
  • Sep 24 Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Liliuokalani [Lydia Kamakaʻeha], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93), born in Honolulu, Oʻahu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1917)
  • Sep 6 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator, born in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. (d. 1906)
  • Sep 11 John Ireland, Irish-American archbishop of St Paul (1888-1918), born in Burnchurch, Ireland (d. 1918)
  • Sep 14 John Pelham, U.S. Confederate artillery major, born in Alexandria, Alabama (d. 1863)
  • Sep 16 James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad), born in Eramosa Township, Ontario (d. 1916)
  • Sep 18 Anton Mauve, Dutch realist painter and cousin of Vincent Van Gogh, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 1888)

Victoria Woodhull

Sep 23 Victoria Woodhull, American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), born in Homer, Ohio (d. 1927)

  • Sep 27 Anthony Modderman, Dutch politician (Minister of Justice, 1879-83), born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • Sep 29 Henry Hobson Richardson, American Romanesque revival architect (Thomas Crane Public Library), born in St James, Louisiana (d. 1886)

Famous Weddings

Frederick Douglass

Sep 14 Newly escaped slave Frederick Douglass marries free woman Anne Murray in New York

Famous Deaths

William Clark

Sep 1 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

  • Sep 5 Charles Percier, French architect, dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 8 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, dies at 45