What Happened in September 1902

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 "A Trip To The Moon", the first sci-fi film, released
  • Sep 7 In Australia, the whole nation observes a 'day of humiliation' and prays for rain, as a terrible drought kills livestock and threatens crops; rain begins to appear on 10 September
  • Sep 13 Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, & Frank Chance appear together as teammates for 1st time, creating the famed double-play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance"
  • Sep 15 Chicago Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers, & Chance turn their first double play together in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati
  • Sep 17 US protests anti-semitism in Romania
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Sep 29 Impresario David Belasco opens his 1st Broadway theater

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Marjorie Warfield, American stage, radio, and silent film actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • Sep 3 Mantan Moreland, American actor and comedian (Charlie Chan, Spirit of Youth), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Sep 4 Tommy Mitchell, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), born in Cresswell, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 5 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1979)
  • Sep 6 Morgan Beatty, American news anchor (Du Mont Evening News), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1975)
  • Sep 7 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!; Freckles), born in Crab Orchard, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Sep 8 Nico Donkersloot, Dutch literary and writer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • Sep 10 Toivo Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Wegwerkers), born in Kotka, Finland (d. 1957)
  • Sep 11 Alice Tully, American singer and arts patroness (Carnegie Hall), born in Corning, New York (d. 1993)
  • Sep 12 Juscelino Kubitschek, President Brazil (1955-60), born in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil (d. 1976)
  • Sep 13 Arthur Mitchell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, 2 x 50; Yorkshire CCC), born in Baildon, England (d. 1976)
  • Sep 13 Hermine Heijermans, Dutch actress, politician and author (Grote Klaas en kleine Klaas), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Sep 13 Leland Hayward, American producer (Mister Roberts, Spirit of St Louis), born in Nebraska City, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • Sep 14 Giorgos Papasideris Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, born in Salamis Island, Greece (d. 1977)
  • Sep 17 Esther Ralston, American actress (Old Ironsides), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1994)
  • Sep 19 Jimmy Van Alen, American tennis official (created Simplified Scoring System), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1991)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • Sep 20 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette), born in Luzzara, Italy (d. 1989)
  • Sep 20 Stevie [Florence Margaret] Smith, English poet and novelist (Not Waving but Drowning), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • Sep 21 Allen Lane, English publisher and founder of Penguin Books, born in Bristol, England (d. 1970)

Howie Morenz

Sep 21 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

  • Sep 21 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Sep 22 F R Boschvogel [Frans Ramon], Flemish writer (War of Worlds), born in Aartrijk, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • Sep 22 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1988)
  • Sep 23 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (d. 2003)

Ayatollah Khomeini

Sep 24 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), religious figure and political leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, born in Khomeyn, Persia (d. 1989)

  • Sep 24 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1986)
  • Sep 25 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Sep 25 Jeno Takacs, Austrian composer, born in Cinfalva, Hungary (d. 2005)

Albert Anastasia

Sep 26 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American-Italian gangster (Murder Inc), born in Tropea, Calabria, Italy (d. 1957)

  • Sep 30 Piet[er J] "Piet" Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Iosif Ivanovici, Romanian military band leader and composer (Waves of the Danube), dies (b. 1845)
  • Sep 6 Frederick Able, English chemist and inventor (cordiet), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Philip James Bailey, English poet (Universal hymn), dies at 86
  • Sep 7 Franz Wullner, German conductor and composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 9 Titus AJ van Asch van Wijck, Governor of Suriname (1891-97), dies at 53
  • Sep 14 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76
  • Sep 19 Maria Hendrika, Queen of the Belgians, dies
  • Sep 19 Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
  • Sep 23 John Wesley Powell, US geologist (Grand Canyon), dies at 68

Levi Strauss

Sep 26 Levi Strauss, German-born American clothing designer who founded the 1st company to manufacture blue jeans (Levi Strauss & Co.), dies at 73

  • Sep 28 Emile Zola, French writer and critic (J'accuse), dies at 62
  • Sep 29 William McGonagall, Scottish-Irish poet infamous as an extremely bad poet and considered the worst in British history (The Tay Bridge Disaster, The Famous Tay Whale), dies at 77