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 David O McKay, Huntsville, Utah, 9th President of Mormon church
  • Sep 8 Max Reinhardt [Goldmann], Austrian theatrical director (Oedipus Rex) and founder of the Salzburg Festival, born in Baden, Austria (d. 1943)
  • Sep 8 Alfred Jarry, French absurdist playwright (d. 1907)
  • Sep 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, composer
  • Sep 20 Robert D Wrenn, tennis champ (US Open - 1893)
  • Sep 20 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (d. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (d. 1944)
  • Sep 21 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (d. 1966)
  • Sep 26 Amilcare Zanella, composer
  • Sep 26 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (d. 1949)
  • Sep 28 Julian Coolidge, American mathematician (Study-Segre school), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
  • Sep 28 Waclaw Rawicz, [Berent], biologist/writer, born in Warsaw, Poland

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 17 Alexander Berry, Scottish adventurer (b. 1781)
  • Sep 20 Lulu Strauss und Torney, German poetess/writer, dies
  • 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