On This Day

What Happened in September 1850

Historical Events

  • Sep 9 Territories of New Mexico & Utah created
  • Sep 9 California is admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union
  • Sep 11 "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind gives 1st US concert
  • Sep 13 The main-belt asteroid "12 Victoria" is discovered by J R Hind
  • Sep 17 Fourth great fire in San Francisco

Agreement of InterestCompromise of 1850

Sep 18 US Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850

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Henry Clay's handwritten draft of one of the bills that formed the Compromise of 1850
Henry Clay's handwritten draft of one of the bills that formed the Compromise of 1850
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  • Sep 20 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • Sep 24 Papal Bull issued, establishes Roman Catholic hierarchy in England
  • Sep 28 US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • Sep 2 Eugene Field, author/journalist (Little Boy Blue)
  • Sep 2 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • Sep 4 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I-Caporetto), born in Verbania, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1928)
  • Sep 6 Louis Apol, Dutch painter, etcher and literary, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • Sep 9 Harishchandra, Indian poet, dramatist and commonly referred as "father of modern Hindi", born in Vārānasi, India (d. 1885)
  • Sep 9 Leopoldo Miguez, Brazilian composer, born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1902)
  • Sep 9 Jane Ellen Harrison, British anthropologist and linguist, born in Cottingham, Yorkshire (d. 1928)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 23 José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan revolutionary leader and national hero who is regarded as the father of Uruguayan independence, dies at 86