On This Day

What Happened in September 1880

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Jess James' gang robs the Mammoth Cave stagecoach, Kentucky
  • Sep 6 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval

Sports History

Sep 6 W. G. Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval

  • Sep 7 Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
  • Sep 10 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza signs treaty with King Makoko of Congo
  • Sep 23 Jules Ferry forms French government
  • Sep 29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • Sep 30 American amateur astronomer Henry Draper takes the 1st ever photograph of the Orion Nebula

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 4 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo) (d. 1946)
  • Sep 6 Jean-Louis Pisuisse, Dutch night club performer (French governess), born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • Sep 7 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • Sep 7 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, born in Lettin (d. 1957)
  • Sep 8 Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic chairman (1st Chamber), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1956)

H. L. Mencken

Sep 12 Henry Louis Mencken, American newspaperman and critic (Prejudices), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1956)

  • Sep 14 Paul Fechter, German writer (Der Zauberer Gottes), born in Elbing, West Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Sep 14 Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, born in Russian Empire (d. 1961)
  • Sep 14 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • Sep 16 Alfred Noyes, British poet and essayist (Loom of Years, Highwayman), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1958)
  • Sep 17 Désiré Inghelbrecht, French composer, conductor and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Sep 20 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1968)
  • Sep 20 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, born in Bienville, Louisiana (d. 1947)
  • Sep 22 Asser B. Kleerekoper, Dutch journalist and politician, 2nd-Member of parliament (SDAP) (d. 1943)
  • Sep 22 Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)
  • Sep 23 John Boyd Orr, nutritionist, UN's FAO (Nobel 1949)
  • Sep 28 Ralph Edward Flanders, Barnet VT, (Sen-VT)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Antoon Jurgens, margarine maker, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 William Hauser, American minister and composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 20 Donald McKay, Canadian-American naval architect (built fastest clipper ships), dies at 70
  • Sep 22 Fred Grace, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; first time 3 bros play a Test [with WG & EM Grace]; Gloucestershire CCC), dies of pneumonia at 29