What Happened in September 1887

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Dutch Amateur Photography Cooperation established
  • Sep 5 Gas lamp at Theatre Royal in Exeter catches fire killing about 200
  • Sep 15 Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of US Constitution
  • Sep 16 27th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Jr. shoots a 161 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 26 Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone
  • Sep 28 Yellow River or Huáng Hé floods in China, killing between 900,000 and 2 million people, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history
  • Sep 30 Start of Sherlock Holmes Adventure "Five Orange Pips" (BG)
  • Sep 30 Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet/writer
  • Sep 1 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar
  • Sep 3 Frank Christian, American musician (d. 1973)
  • Sep 7 Edith L Sitwell, English poetess/author (Wheels)
  • Sep 8 Prince George of Yugoslavia (d. 1972)
  • Sep 9 Alf (Alfred) Landon, (R-Ks) American politician and Presidential candidate (1932, 1936). Dies 1987
  • Sep 9 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), born in Plymouth, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • Sep 10 Giovanni Gronchi, president of Italy
  • Sep 12 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, born in Sulina, Romania (d. 1964)
  • Sep 13 Lavoslav Ruzicka, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • Sep 14 Karl Taylor Compton, physicist/atomic bomb scientist
  • Sep 14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • Sep 15 Carlos Dávila, former President of Chile (d. 1955)
  • Sep 16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • Sep 16 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Sep 19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • Sep 19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), born in Maryville, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • Sep 21 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer
  • Sep 25 May Sutton Bundy, Tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Sep 26 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1967)
  • Sep 26 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (d. 1958)
  • Sep 26 Sir Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (d. 1979)
  • Sep 27 Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Potasch & Perlemoer, Boefje), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 29 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), born in Orange, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1957)
  • Sep 30 Lil Dagover [Marta-Maria Lillits], Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), born in Madioen, Dutch East Indies (d. 1980)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 14 Friedrich T Vischer, German philosopher/writer (Auch einer), dies
  • Sep 29 Bernhard von Langenbeck, German surgeon and founder of Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery, dies at 76