What Happened in September 1869

Historical Events

  • Sep 6 1st westbound train arrives in San Francisco
  • Sep 6 Mine fire kills 110 at Avondale, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 Baptist minister supposedly invents rickshaw in Yokohama, Japan
  • Sep 13 Jay Gould & James Fisk attempt to control US gold market
  • Sep 16 10th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 22 Richard Wagner's opera "Rhine Gold" premieres in Munich

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • Sep 24 Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 4 Karl Seitz, President of Austria (1920), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • Sep 4 Geart Aeilco Wumkes, Frisian theologist and writer (Frision Movement), born in Joure, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Sep 6 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1947)
  • Sep 6 Walford Davies, English composer, born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England (d. 1941)
  • Sep 7 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch author (Catherina, Sprotje), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Sep 10 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • Sep 14 Kid Nichols, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
  • Sep 17 Christian Lange, Norwegian pacifist/internationalist (Nobel 1921)
  • Sep 18 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • Sep 20 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in Herue Hill, Kent, England (d. 1954)
  • Sep 20 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder (French Communistic Party), born in Plourivo, Côtes d'Armor, France (d. 1958)
  • Sep 21 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish composer (d. 1928)

Person of interestTyphoid Mary

Sep 23 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • Sep 26 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest and composer, born in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire (d. 1935)
  • Sep 30 Ernest Jones, cricket pace bowler (marvellous Aust at turn of century)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

Sep 12 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), dies at 90

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • Sep 28 Libri, mathematician, dies