On This Day

What Happened in September 1894

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 A wildfire destroys the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, killing 438 people
  • Sep 2 -3] Amsterdam Municipal theater opens
  • Sep 2 Forest fires destroy Hinckley Minnesota: about 600 die
  • Sep 4 In NYC, 12,000 tailors went on strike protesting sweat shops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Employed by Thomas Edison, William K.L. Dickson films first boxing match at West Orange, New Jersey, an exhibition between world heavyweight champion James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Sep 10 London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving
  • Sep 14 Hottentotten uprising in Southwest Africa fails
  • Sep 15 Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang
  • Sep 27 Aqueduct racetrack opens in NY
  • Sep 28 Simon Marks & Tom Spencer open Penny Bazaar in Manchester

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Joseph Roth, Austrian journalist/writer (Hotel Savoy)
  • Sep 8 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • Sep 9 Arthur Freed, American songwriter and film producer (MGM musicals), born in Charlestown, South Carolina (d. 1973)
  • Sep 9 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • Sep 12 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1971)
  • Sep 13 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician and NCRV-chairman, born in Aalsmeer, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Sep 13 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 13 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, born in Łódź, Congress Poland (d. 1953)
  • Sep 15 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • Sep 15 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (d. 1977)
  • Sep 16 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Sep 17 Fay Compton [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], British actress (The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
  • Sep 17 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), born in Sydney NSW (d. 1973)
  • Sep 19 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Kings Children), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Sep 21 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), born in Zadar, Croatia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • Sep 22 Hieronim Feicht, composer
  • Sep 22 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Sep 23 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (Edda & Thora)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Sep 26 Gladys Brockwell, American actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1929)
  • Sep 27 Olive Tell, American actress (Her Sister), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • Sep 27 Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot, born in Kleinburg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • Sep 29 Franco Capuana, composer
  • Sep 30 Dirk J Bush, Dutch-American mathematician (Concise History of Mathematics)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 8 Hermann von Helmholtz, German physician and physicist, dies at 73
  • Sep 13 (Alexis) Emmanuel Chabrier, French pianist and composer (España; Joyeuse marche; Le roi malgré lui), dies from general paresis at 53
  • Sep 17 Deng Shichang, Chinese admiral (b. 1849)
  • Sep 24 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch publisher (Van Dale) and founder (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), dies at 68