On This Day

What Happened in September 1904

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 For the only time in Olympic Games history, there is a throw-off in the discus final after Americans Martin Sheridan & Ralph Rose tie with a best throw of 128' 10½" in St. Louis; Sheridan wins with 127' 10¼"
  • Sep 4 Dalai Lama signs treaty allowing British commerce in Tibet
  • Sep 6 Soccer team Rheden forms
  • Sep 7 British forces in Tibet force the 13th Dalai Lama to sign a treaty granting Britain trading posts in Tibet and a guarantee that Tibet will not concede territory to foreign powers
  • Sep 9 Mounted police 1st used in NYC
  • Sep 9 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • Sep 19 Gen Nogi's assault on Port Arthur: 16,000 Japanese casualties
  • Sep 20 George Ade's "College Widow," premieres in NYC

Historic Event

Sep 20 Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II

  • Sep 21 The general strike called by the Socialist Party that spread throughout Italy ends
  • Sep 23 British Colonel Francis Younghusband and his expedition with accompanying military force leave Lhasa, Tibet
  • Sep 25 Charles Follis is 1st black to play professional American football
  • Sep 26 Charles Kleins "Music Master" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 26 Earl Grey is named British governor-general of Canada
  • Sep 26 GB Shaw's "How He Lied to Her Husband" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 28 Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC
  • Sep 29 1st monument honoring Spanish–American War erected, in Monroeville, Ohio
  • Sep 30 White Sox lefty Doc White, pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Johnny Mack Brown, American actor (Lawman is Born, Back Trail), born in Dothan, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • Sep 1 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), born in Lamont, Washington (d. 1994)
  • Sep 4 Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
  • Sep 4 Christian-Jaque [Christian Maudet], French film director (Fearless Little Soldier, Race for Life, The Pearls of the Crown), born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • Sep 4 Max Delbrück, German-American biologist and molecular geneticist (bacteriophage, Nobel Prize 1969), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Sep 4 Sabin Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold pole vault 1928; WR 4.27m 1927), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Sep 6 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), born in Hartola, Finland (d. 1984)
  • Sep 6 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Lovech, Bulgaria (d. 1974)
  • Sep 8 Carlos Sánchez Málaga, Peruvian composer, born in Arequipa, Perú (d. 1995)
  • Sep 9 Feroze Khan, Pakistani field hockey player (d. 2005)
  • Sep 10 Max Shachtman, American politician (d. 1972)
  • Sep 12 Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer, born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 1972)
  • Sep 14 Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • Sep 14 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • Sep 14 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1957)
  • Sep 14 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, born in the Hongo district of Tokyo (d. 1949)
  • Sep 14 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, born in Pilsen, Bohemia (d. 1981)
  • Sep 15 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • Sep 15 Umberto II, van Piemonte, the last King of Italy (ruled 1946)

Frederick Ashton

Sep 17 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), born in Guayaquil, Ecuador (d. 1988)

  • Sep 17 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Sep 19 Else-Marie Hansen, Danish actress (Hvor går Karl hen?), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2003)
  • Sep 19 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($64,000 Question), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • Sep 19 Karen Aabye, Danish author (Less bedstemor there jomfru), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1982)
  • Sep 21 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1989)
  • Sep 22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), born in Cresco, Iowa (d. 1965)
  • Sep 23 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, born in Šiauliai, Russian Empire
  • Sep 24 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, born in Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire (d. 1985)
  • Sep 24 Owen Saunders, English mathematician and mechanical engineer, born in Streatham, London (d. 1993)
  • Sep 25 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1971)
  • Sep 28 Hendrik J Hofstra, Dutch minister of Finance (PvdA)
  • Sep 29 Dorothy Emmet, English philosopher, born in London, England (d. 2000)

Greer Garson

Sep 29 Greer Garson, British actress (Mrs Miniver), born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1996)

  • Sep 30 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • Sep 30 Ralph Forbes [Taylor], British screen and stage actor (Romeo and Juliet; Piccadilly Jim; Daniel Boone), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1951)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 13 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, dies at 25
  • Sep 18 Herbert von Bismarck, German politician/son of Otto, dies
  • Sep 21 Chief Joseph, US indian chief (Nez Perces), dies
  • Sep 24 Niels Ryberg Finsen, Danish physician and phototherapist (Nobel 1903), dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Lafcadio Hearn, American author (Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan), dies at 54
  • Sep 26 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
  • Sep 30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33