What Happened in September 1899

Historical Events

  • Sep 4 8.3 earthquake shakes Yakutat Bay Alaska
  • Sep 6 Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk
  • Sep 6 US minister of Foreign affairs John Hay publishes his "Open Through Note"
  • Sep 8 British government sends an additional 10,000 troops to Natal, South Africa
  • Sep 9 French Capt Alfred Dreyfus sentenced on unjust grounds
  • Sep 10 2nd quake in 7 days (8.6) hits Yakutat Bay Alaska
  • Sep 13 Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199m - 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.
  • Sep 14 Henry Bliss becomes 1st automobile fatality in the US (NY)
  • Sep 15 5th US Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD
  • Sep 17 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 18 Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag", the most famous ragtime composition, by the US Copyright Office

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • Sep 28 Transvaal mobilizes its army - leadup to Second Boer War

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1976)
  • Sep 2 Hans Nielsen, Danish lightweight and featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • Sep 6 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Sep 7 Leendert A Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA)
  • Sep 9 Louis Cheslock, composer
  • Sep 9 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose, When Strangers Marry, Batman), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • Sep 9 Waite Hoyt, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • Sep 11 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny, Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1971)
  • Sep 11 Jimmie Davis, Quitman, Louisiana, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine)
  • Sep 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • Sep 13 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer
  • Sep 13 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, leader of the Iron Guard (d. 1938)
  • Sep 14 Hal Wallis, movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park)
  • Sep 15 Milton S Eisenhower, Dwight's brother/pres (Pennsylvania State)
  • Sep 16 Hans Swarowsky, conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Sep 17 Winnie Lightner, Greenport NY, comedienne (Sit Tight, Side Show)
  • Sep 20 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • Sep 20 Leo Strauss, German-born philosopher (d. 1973)
  • Sep 21 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre)
  • Sep 21 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th General of The Salvation Army, born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 1986)
  • Sep 23 Louise Nevelson, sculptor (Sky Cathedral), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Sep 23 William Levi Dawson, composer
  • Sep 24 Eduardo Hernandez Moncada, composer
  • Sep 24 Sir William Dobell, Australian portrait artist (d. 1970)
  • Sep 29 Billy Butlin, South Africa, holiday camp promoter
  • Sep 29 Jolie Gabor, mother of Magda, Zsa Zsa, & Eva
  • Sep 29 Lásló Jósef Bíró, Hungarian inventor (ballpoint pen), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1985)
  • Sep 30 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), dies of effects of carbolic acid at 38
  • Sep 8 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 14 Henry Bliss, 1st auto death (NYC)
  • Sep 17 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist (b. 1842)
  • Sep 28 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (Become his fare), dies