On This Day

What Happened in September 1846

Historical Events

Historic Invention

Sep 10 Elias Howe takes out a US patent for a lockstitch sewing machine

  • Sep 15 Jung Bahadur Rana grabs power in Nepal

Historic Event

Sep 18 Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning exchange their last letters before they move to Italy

  • Sep 23 Johann Gottfried Galle & Heinrich d'Arrest find Neptune
  • Sep 25 US troops under General Zachery Taylor occupy Monterey, Mexico, during Mexican–American War
  • Sep 30 Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr William Morton who extracts a tooth

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 4 Daniel Burnham, American architect and urban designer (built skyscrapers), born in Henderson, New York (d. 1912)
  • Sep 5 John W Cromwell, American lawyer and civil right activist (American Negro Academy), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 1927)
  • Sep 13 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1915)
  • Sep 20 Agnes Tyrrell, Czech pianist and composer, born in Brno, Moravia (d. 1883)
  • Sep 25 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who mapped and classified the climatic regions of the world (Köppen climate classification system), born in St. Petersburg, Russia

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Sep 12 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 17 Francesco Giuseppe Pollini, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 23 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
  • Sep 26 Thomas Clarkson, English abolitionist (Negro Emancipation), dies at 86