What Happened in September 1873

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Cetshwayo ascends to the throne as king of the Zulu nation following the death of his father Mpande.
  • Sep 6 Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street, San Francisco
  • Sep 15 Last German troops leave France
  • Sep 16 German troops leave France
  • Sep 17 19 students attend opening class at Ohio State University
  • Sep 18 Government bond agent Jay Cooke & Co collapses, causing panic on Wall St, the start of the panic of 1873 and the Long depression
  • Sep 20 Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal
  • Sep 23 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Guy Standing, English actor (Cradle Song), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • Sep 8 Alfred Jarry, French writer (Ubu Roi), born in Layal, Mayenne, Paris (d. 1907)
  • Sep 8 David O. McKay, 9th President of Latter-day Saints, born in Huntsville, Utah (d. 1970)
  • Sep 8 Max Reinhardt [Goldmann], Austrian theatrical director (Oedipus Rex) and founder of the Salzburg Festival, born in Baden, Austria (d. 1943)
  • Sep 20 (Luise) "Lulu" von Strauss und Torney, German poet (Erde der Väter - Our Forefathers' Soil), and novelist (Der jüngste Tag - Judgment Day), born in Bückeburg, Germany (d. 1956)
  • Sep 20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian auto racer (winner 1st Grand Prix motor racing event in Le Mans, France 1906), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Sep 20 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • Sep 20 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • Sep 21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician and pioneering bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1966)
  • Sep 26 Alexey Shchusev, Russian-Soviet architect, born in Kishenev, Bessarabia Governorate (d. 1949)
  • Sep 26 Amilcare Zanella, Italian composer and conductor, born in Monticelli d'Ongina, Italy (d. 1949)
  • Sep 28 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • Sep 28 Wacław Rawicz [Berent], Polish biologist and writer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1940)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Sep 25 Frontiersman and gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok supposedly marries Calamity Jane according to the latter's daughter (disputed)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 17 Alexander Berry, Scottish surgeon and adventurer (established the first European settlement on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia), dies at 91
  • Sep 22 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, dies at 62
  • Sep 23 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer, dies at 50
  • Sep 28 Emile Gaboriau, French writer (father of the French detective novels), dies at 37
  • Sep 29 John Ancrum Winslow, American naval officer (Mexican–American War), dies at 61