On This Day

What Happened in September 1881

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 The Dwyer Brothers' 3-year-old Kentucky Derby winner Hindoo wins his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay; winning streak snapped 6 days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead

Music History

Sep 3 Anton Bruckner completes his 6th Symphony

  • Sep 3 1st US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins inaugural event beating William E. Glyn 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 9 Egyptian military coup under colonel Arab "El Wahid"
  • Sep 11 Triple landslides bury Elm, Switzerland
  • Sep 13 America Lewis Howard Latimer invents and patents electric lamp with a carbon filament
  • Sep 18 Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment

Historic Event

Sep 20 Chester A. Arthur sworn in as 21st president

  • Sep 27 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small "crowd" of 12

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 5 Otto Bauer, Austrian Social Democrat, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1938)
  • Sep 6 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Sep 8 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • Sep 11 Asta Nielsen, Danish actress (Joyless Street), born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Sep 12 Daniel Jones, English phoneticist (English pronouncing dictionary), born in London (d. 1967)
  • Sep 15 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • Sep 16 Clive Bell, English art critic, born in East Shefford, Berkshire (d. 1964)
  • Sep 17 Alfred Carpenter, English Royal Navy soldier, born in Barnes, Surrey (d. 1955)
  • Sep 20 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), born in Redhill, England (d. 1958)
  • Sep 25 Lu Xun, Chinese writer of modern Chinese literature, born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, Qing dynasty China (d. 1936)
  • Sep 26 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, born in Ashland, Alabama (d. 1966)
  • Sep 27 Ernest Williams, American composer, born in Wayne County, Indiana (d. 1947)
  • Sep 27 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • Sep 27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1906; 1st President International Hall of Fame 1954), born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Sep 28 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • Sep 29 Ludwig von Mises, Austrian-American Economist (The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality), born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 7 Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • Sep 8 Frederick, Prince of the Netherlands and general and large landowner (created Muskau Park), dies at 84

Ambrose Burnside

Sep 13 Ambrose Burnside, American soldier, industrialist and politician (Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69) who popularized sideburns, dies of a heart attack at 57

James Garfield

Sep 19 James A. Garfield, 20th US President (Republican: 1881), dies of a gunshot wound at 49

  • Sep 22 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • Sep 24 Luigi Ferdinando Casamorata, Italian composer, dies at 74