What Happened in September 1853

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times
  • Sep 11 1st electric telegraph used - Merchant's Exchange, San Francisco to Pt Lobos, California
  • Sep 15 First US woman ordained a minister, Antoinette Blackwell
  • Sep 24 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
  • Sep 24 France annexes New Caledonia
  • Sep 24 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
  • Sep 29 Emigrant ship "Annie Jane" sinks off Scotland, drowning 348

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Wilhelm Ostwald, German physical chemist (Nobel 1909)
  • Sep 4 Hermann Wissmann, German African explorer and governor of East-Africa, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1905)

Person of interestFred Spofforth

Sep 9 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Sep 13 Sophia Perovskaya, Soviet icon, aristocrat, and socialist revolutionary (Narodnaya Volya), who helped orchestrate the successful assassination of Alexander II of Russia, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1881)
  • Sep 16 Albrecht Kossel, German physician (Nobel 1910), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 1927)
  • Sep 17 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Patristischen Philosophie)
  • Sep 20 Rama V [Chulalongkorn], King of Thailand (1868-1910), born in Grand Palace, Bangkok, Siam (d. 1910)
  • Sep 21 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1926)
  • Sep 23 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar
  • Sep 29 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1933)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 4 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 8 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, dies at 40