On This Day

What Happened in September 1897

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
  • Sep 2 "McCal" magazine first published
  • Sep 7 George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
  • Sep 10 Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom.

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II
  • Sep 12 Tirah Campaign: Battle of Saragarhi
  • Sep 17 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Englishman Joe Lloyd wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson of Scotland; last 36-hole US Open
  • Sep 18 Gustave Kecker/Hugh Martin's musical "Belle of New York City" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 21 NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus" editorial
  • Sep 23 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming)
  • Sep 25 1st British bus service opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Andy Kennedy, Irish soccer defender (2 caps, Arsenal), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)
  • Sep 3 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1971)
  • Sep 3 Francisco Mignone, Brazilian composer, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1986)
  • Sep 3 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet me in St. Louis), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Sep 5 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1979)
  • Sep 5 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Sep 5 Morris Carnovsky, American actor (Dead Reckoning), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1992)

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

Sep 8 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers
  • Sep 10 Nancy Keene Lancaster, designer/Collector
  • Sep 10 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)
  • Sep 10 Hilde Hildebrand [Emma Minna Hildebrand], German actress (Port of Freedom), born in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1976)

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

Sep 12 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Sep 13 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1966)
  • Sep 17 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), born in White County, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • Sep 18 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, born in San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1988)
  • Sep 20 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, born in Kherson, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • Sep 20 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • Sep 23 Paul Delvaux, Belgian painter (surrealist)
  • Sep 23 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • Sep 25 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

Person of interestWilliam Faulkner

Sep 25 William Faulkner, American author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), born in New Albany, Mississippi (d. 1962)

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

Person of interestPaul VI

Sep 26 Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), born in Concesio, Italy (d. 1978)

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Sep 26 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Sep 26 Wilhelmina Johanna "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1968)
  • Sep 26 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 1917)
  • Sep 28 Muchtar Auesow, writer
  • Sep 29 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 20 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • Sep 22 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general, dies at 81
  • Sep 30 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)