What Happened in September 1877

Historical Events

  • Sep 5 Southern blacks led by Pap Singleton settle in Kansas
  • Sep 11 Rijkslandbouwhoge school opens in Wageningen
  • Sep 20 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Rudolf Virchow delivers an anti-Darwinian speech to the Congress of German Naturalist and Physicians, Munich where he speaks against the teaching of the theory of evolution in schools

Anthropologist/Pathologist Rudolf Virchow
Anthropologist/Pathologist
Rudolf Virchow
  • Sep 23 Hurricane strikes Curacao & Bonaire kills 200
  • Sep 24 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
  • Sep 27 John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti
  • Sep 30 1st US amateur swim meet (NY Athletic Club)

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Francis William Aston, Nobel laureate (d. 1945)

Person of interestFrederick Soddy

Sep 2 Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel laureate, (d. 1956), born in Eastbourne, Sussex (d. 1956)

Nobel Laureate Chemist Frederick Soddy
Nobel Laureate Chemist
Frederick Soddy
  • Sep 5 Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter and etcher, born in Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1920)
  • Sep 6 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1957)
  • Sep 6 Buddy Bolden, African-American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1931)
  • Sep 7 Mike O'Neill, Irish baseball player (d. 1959)
  • Sep 9 Frank Chance, baseball player/manager, Tinkers to Evers to Chance
  • Sep 9 Jesus Castillo, Guatemalan composer, born in Guatemala (d. 1946)
  • Sep 10 Georgia B D Camp Johnson, American poet/playwright (Autumn Love Cycle)
  • Sep 11 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Ivyanets, Lithuania, Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB)
  • Sep 11 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), born in Southport, Lancashire (d. 1946)
  • Sep 13 Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer (d. 1957)
  • Sep 13 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (d. 1962)
  • Sep 15 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (d. 1938)
  • Sep 16 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Panji)
  • Sep 17 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, born in Gien, Loire (d. 1930)
  • Sep 18 Jozef de Voght, Flemish priest/songwriter (Under the Snow)
  • Sep 20 Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer
  • Sep 25 Plutarco Elias Calles, Mexican revolutionary and president (1924-28), born in Guaymas, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • Sep 26 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • Sep 26 Alfred Cortot, French pianist
  • Sep 26 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (d. 1963)
  • Sep 28 Stanner E V Taylor, director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona), born in St Louis, Missouri

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • Sep 3 Adolphe Thiers, 1st president of 3rd French Rep (1871-77), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], last great Sioux war chief, dies at 37
  • Sep 12 Julius Reitz, composer, dies at 64

Person of interestWilliam Henry Fox Talbot

Sep 17 William Henry Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer, dies at 77

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Sep 23 Urbain JJ Leverrier, codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
  • Sep 25 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine, dies at 62
  • Sep 26 Hermann Grassmann, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1809)
  • Sep 30 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle