What Happened in September 1888

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Dutch Railway Deventer-Almelo opens
  • Sep 6 Charles Turner becomes the first bowler to take 250 wickets in an English season - a feat since accomplished only by Tom Richardson (twice), J.T. Hearne, Wilfred Rhodes (twice) and Tich Freeman (six times).

Historic Event

Sep 6 Queen Victoria grants William Mackinnon's Imperial British East Africa Company political & commercial rights

Baby Incubator

Sep 7 Edith Eleanor McLean is 1st baby to be placed in an incubator at State Emigrant Hospital on Ward’s Island, New York

  • Sep 8 In England the first six Football League matches ever are played
  • Sep 11 Death of the Argentine politician Domingo Sarmiento, after whom the Latin American Teacher's Day is chosen.
  • Sep 19 One of first known modern beauty contests held in Spa, Belgium
  • Sep 25 Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
  • Sep 30 "Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician (d. 1958)
  • Sep 4 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor and choreographer (Triadisches Ballett), born in Stuttgart, German Empire (d. 1943)
  • Sep 5 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), born in Thiruttani, British India (d. 1975)

Joseph P. Kennedy

Sep 6 Joseph P. Kennedy, American diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)

  • Sep 6 Red Faber, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1917; AL ERA leader 1921, 22; Chicago White Sox 1914-33), born in Cascade, Iowa (d. 1976)
  • Sep 8 Louis Zimmer, Flemish astronomer and clock maker (Jubelklok/Wonder Clock), born in Lier, Belgium (d. 1970)
  • Sep 12 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer ("Thank Heaven For Little Girls"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Sep 15 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver, born in Bonferraro, Italy (d. 1925)
  • Sep 16 Almira Sessions, American actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)

W. O. Bentley

Sep 16 W. O. Bentley, English engineer and motoring pioneer who founded Bentley Motors Limited, born in London (d. 1971)

  • Sep 17 Michiyo Tsujimura, Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist (components of green tea), born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan (d. 1969)
  • Sep 19 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • Sep 19 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1953)
  • Sep 22 Sophia "Sophie" Hermse, actress (But a Dream, Vorstenschool), (d. 1975)
  • Sep 23 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semitic theologist (Die Oden Salomons)
  • Sep 26 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, born in Live Oak County, Texas (d. 1964)

T. S. Eliot

Sep 26 T. S. Eliot, American poet (The Waste Land), dramatist and critic (Nobel Prize 1948), born in St Louis Missouri, (d. 1965)

  • Sep 28 Herman McNeile, English soldier, novelist (Bull-Dog Drummond), born in Cornwall, England

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 8 Annie Chapman, English victim of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, murdered at about 48
  • Sep 9 Jan van Swieten, Dutch governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71
  • Sep 11 Domingo F. Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Catherine Eddowes, English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Stride "Long Liz", English woman murdered by Jack the Ripper at 45