What Happened on September 20, 1873

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal

Famous Birthdays

  • Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Robert Wrenn, American tennis champ (US Open - 1893), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1949)

Famous Deaths

  • Lulu Strauss und Torney, German poetess/writer, dies