On This Day

What Happened in September 1854

Historical Events

  • Sep 4 English/French assault on Petropavlovsk Kamchatka
  • Sep 14 British and French forces land at Calamita Bay on the Crimean Peninsula, during the Crimean War
  • Sep 19 Henry Meyer patents sleeping rail car

Battle of InterestBattle of the Alma

Sep 20 Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
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2nd Rifle Brigade leading the Light Division across the river at the Battle of the Alma on September 20, 1854 during the Crimean War
2nd Rifle Brigade leading the Light Division across the river at the Battle of the Alma on September 20, 1854 during the Crimean War
  • Sep 27 Steamship "Arctic" collides with "vesta" off Newfoundland coast due to heavy fog, killing 322

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), born in Siegburg, Westphalia (d. 1921)
  • Sep 2 Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (d. 1910)
  • Sep 8 Willem Marinus van Rossum, Dutch cardinal and prefect of Propaganda File, born in Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • Sep 10 Anton Dreesmann, German-Dutch manufacturer (Vroom & Dreesman), born in Haselünne, Germany (d. 1934)
  • Sep 17 Hans Müller, German music historian and writer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1897)
  • Sep 17 David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American automobile pioneer (Buick Motor Company), born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland (d. 1929)
  • Sep 23 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch engineer/Governor of Suriname (1902-05)
  • Sep 28 Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), born in Norwich, England (d. 1913)
  • Sep 29 Martin Pluddemann, composer

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Future railroad magnate Mark Hopkins Jr. marries Mary Sherwood

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Mark Hopkins
Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive
Mark Hopkins