On This Day

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

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Sep 9 French Capt Alfred Dreyfus sentenced on unjust grounds

Jewish Artillery Officer Alfred Dreyfus
Jewish Artillery Officer
Alfred Dreyfus
  • 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 US Open Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Willie Smith wins by a comfortable 11 strokes from Scotsmen George Low & Val Fitzjohn and Bert Way of England
  • Sep 17 1st British troops leave Bombay for South Africa

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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 3 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), born in Traralgon, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • Sep 6 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Sep 7 Leendert Antonie Donker, Dutch Minister of Justice (PvdA), born in Almkerk, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Sep 9 Louis Cheslock, British-born American violinist, composer and educator of Polish heritage (Peabody Institute, 1916-76), born in London (d. 1981)
  • 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 9 Brassaï [Gyula Halász], Hungarian-French artist, born in Brassó, Austria-Hungary (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, American singer and songwriter (You Are My Sunshine), born in Quitman, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • Sep 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • Sep 13 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, born in Brouwershaven, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • Sep 13 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Romanian politician (founder and leader of the Iron Guard), born in Huși, Vaslui County, Romania (d. 1938)
  • Sep 15 Milton S Eisenhower, Dwight's brother/pres (Pennsylvania State)
  • Sep 16 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • Sep 17 Winnie Lightner, American comedienne (Sit Tight, Side Show), born in Greenport, New York (d. 1971)
  • Sep 20 Elliott Nugent, American director (And So They Were Married), born in Dover, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • Sep 20 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, born in Kirchhain, Hesse-Nassau, German Empire (d. 1973)
  • Sep 21 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), born in Antwerp (d. 1962)
  • 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 Hernández Moncada, Mexican composer and pianist, born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1995)
  • Sep 24 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, born in Cooks Hill, New South Wales, Australia (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 and critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1940)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), dies of effects of carbolic acid at 38
  • Sep 8 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 14 Henry Bliss is the 1st recorded death from an auto accident when he is hit by a taxicab in New York City
  • Sep 17 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist and co-founder (Pillsbury Company), dies at 56
  • Sep 28 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (Become his fare), dies