What Happened in September 1884

Historical Events

  • Sep 4 Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.
  • Sep 10 Congressman John R. Lynch presides over Republican National Convention
  • Sep 20 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria
  • Sep 20 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for US President and Vice President
  • Sep 23 American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine, the beginning of data processing
  • Sep 24 Dixey, Rice & Gill's musical "Adonis" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 26 Suriname army shoots on British-Indian contract workers, 7 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), born in Tierp, Uppsala län, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • Sep 2 Frank Laubach, Benton Pa, educator, taught reading through phonetics
  • Sep 6 Emerson Whithorne, composer
  • Sep 8 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1921)
  • Sep 15 Floro Manuel Ugarte, composer
  • Sep 17 Bastiaan de Gaay Fortman, Dutch historian/Justice of Curacao
  • Sep 17 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Elmira NY, composer (White Peacock)
  • Sep 20 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, born in Vilnius (d. 1970)

Person of interestMaxwell Perkins

Sep 20 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher, born in NYC, New York (d. 1947)

  • Sep 21 Hugh "Shorty" Ray, supervisor of NFL officials, HOF member
  • Sep 22 Minerva Urecal, American actress (Accent on Love, Crazy Knights), born in Eureka, California (d. 1966)
  • Sep 24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963)
  • Sep 24 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953)
  • Sep 25 Cornelis "Kees" Boeke, Dutch educationalist
  • Sep 25 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Sep 26 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (d. 1951)
  • Sep 29 Boris Asafiev, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 17 Louis Schubert, composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 20 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (b.1802)
  • Sep 28 Fred Morley, cricket lefty quick (16 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng), dies
  • Sep 30 Louis Lacombe, composer, dies at 65