On This Day

What Happened in September 1889

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Defending champion Henry Slocum defeats Quincy Shaw 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
  • Sep 5 German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere
  • Sep 6 King Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda resigns
  • Sep 23 Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda
  • Sep 24 Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder
  • Sep 28 The first General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) defines the length of a meter as the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, measured at the melting point of ice

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 3 Cecil Weston, South African actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), born in Capetown (d. 1976)
  • Sep 6 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, born in Howrah, British India (d. 1950)
  • Sep 7 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer and founder (KLM), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • Sep 7 Bruce Frederick Cummings, English author (Journal of a Disappointed Man), born in barnstaple, England (d. 1919)
  • Sep 8 Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1953)
  • Sep 10 Vilém Petrželka, Czech composer, born in Brno, Movravia (d. 1967)
  • Sep 13 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), born in Occitanie (d. 1960)
  • Sep 15 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • Sep 16 Claude Albert Barnett, American journalist and founder (Associated Negro Press), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 1967)
  • Sep 18 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (Member of the Australian Parliament for Bourke), born in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Australia (d. 1970)
  • Sep 19 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • Sep 19 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, born in Lynch's Station, Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Sep 20 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • Sep 22 Hooks Dauss, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1963)

Walter Lippmann

Sep 23 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

  • Sep 25 G. D. H. Cole, English political theorist and socialist, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1959)
  • Sep 25 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, born in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1930)

Martin Heidegger

Sep 26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Being & Time), born in Meeskirch, Germany (d. 1976)

  • Sep 28 D P "Dad" Carter, American gospel singer (Chuck Wagon Gang), born near Columbia, Kentucky (d. 1963)
  • Sep 28 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins), born in Au Sable, Michigan (d. 1973) [1]

Famous Weddings

Fridtjof Nansen

Sep 6 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzo-soprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Robert Borden

Sep 25 Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden (34) weds Laura Bond


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 23 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (The Moonstone), dies at 65
  • Sep 24 Daniel Harvey Hill, Confederate General (American Civil War), dies at 68
  • Sep 29 Louis Faidherbe, French general and colonel administrator in Senegal, dies at 71