What Happened in September 1878

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston)
  • Sep 3 British passenger paddle steamer Princess Alice sunk in a collision on the River Thames with the collier Bywell Castle; 645 die
  • Sep 12 Cleopatra Needle installed in London
  • Sep 25 British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking
  • Sep 30 1st Portuguese immigrants arrive in Hawaii
  • Sep 30 Great Flood hits New Zealand's South Island

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Princess Alexandra of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (d. 1942)
  • Sep 2 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr
  • Sep 3 Dorothea Lambert Chambers, British tennis player (7-time Wimbledon champion), born in Ealing, England (d. 1960)
  • Sep 9 Adelaide Crapsey, American poet (d. 1914)
  • Sep 9 Sergio OsmeƱa, 4th President of the Philippines (d. 1961)
  • Sep 16 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (German Art, female nudes)
  • Sep 17 Vincenzo Tommasini, composer

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

Sep 20 Upton Beall Sinclair, US writer (Jungle), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1968)

  • Sep 22 Shigeru Yoshida, Japanese Prime Minister (1946-54), born in Yokosuka (d. 1967)
  • Sep 24 C. F. Ramuz, Swiss writer (d. 1947)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 9 Jacobo Ficher, composer, dies at 18
  • Sep 12 Friedrich August von Alberti, geologist (Triasic Age), dies at 83