What Happened in September 1878

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston)
  • Sep 2 Surrey bowler Edward Barratt takes 10 for 43 for the Players in Australia's 1st innings in a cricket tour match on his home ground at The Oval; all ten are caught or stumped; Australia wins by 8 runs
  • 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 Osmeña, 4th President of the Philippines (d. 1961)
  • Sep 16 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (German Art, female nudes), born in Ühlingen-Birkendorf, Germany (d. 1961)
  • Sep 17 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), born in Rome (d. 1950)

Person of interestUpton Sinclair

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

  • Sep 22 Shigeru Yoshida, Japanese Prime Minister (1946-54), born in Yokosuka (d. 1967)
  • Sep 24 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (Le Petit Village), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1947)

Famous Deaths

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