What Happened in September 1889

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum defends his title beating 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 7 Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Engineer's Thumb" (BG)
  • Sep 11 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Crooked Man" (BG)
  • 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 Vilem Petrzelka, composer
  • Sep 13 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), born in Occitanie (d. 1960)
  • Sep 15 Robert Benchley, humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Sep 16 Claude A Barnett, founder (Associated Negro Press)
  • 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 (d. 1963)

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

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

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 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)
  • 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 (d. 1973)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 6 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen (27) weds mezzosoprano singer Eva Nansen (30)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen

HeartWedding of Interest

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

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden

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 (b. 1818)