What Happened in September 1908

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 3 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson

  • Sep 3 James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • Sep 5 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0 at Washington Park, Brooklyn

Historic Event

Sep 9 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va

  • Sep 9 Russia takes part of Poland
  • Sep 12 Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants
  • Sep 16 Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
  • Sep 17 Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1
  • Sep 19 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • Sep 22 Bulgaria declares independence from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
  • Sep 23 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • Sep 23 University of Alberta opens
  • Sep 24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • Sep 25 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • Sep 26 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball

Model T

Sep 27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan

  • Sep 29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Theater Premiere

Sep 30 Maurice Maeterlinck's play "L'Oiseau bleu" (The Blue Bird) premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre


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Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), Lahore, Punjab (d. 1980)
  • Sep 1 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist
  • Sep 3 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • Sep 4 Edward Dmytryk, Canadian film director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny), born in Grand Forks, Canada (d. 1999)
  • Sep 4 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), born in Roxie, Mississippi (d. 1960)
  • Sep 5 Cecilia Seghizzi, Italian composer, born in Gotizia, Austria-Hungary (d. 2019)
  • Sep 5 Joaquin Maria Nin-Culmell, Cuban-Spanish composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Anthony Wagner, Officer of Arms at the College of Arms in London (d. 1995)
  • Sep 6 Louis Essen, British physicist (time measurement, speed of light determination), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1997)
  • Sep 6 Paul Lavalle, American bandleader (Cities Service Band of America), born in Beacon, New York (d. 1997)
  • Sep 7 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Sep 7 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (d. 2008)

Paul Brown

Sep 7 Paul Brown, American NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio (d. 1991)

  • Sep 8 Geoffrey Hodges, British bomb disposal expert (d. 1996)
  • Sep 8 Johnny Lindsay, South African cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests, 5 dismissals; North Eastern Transvaal), born in Barkly East, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • Sep 9 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (La belle estate)
  • Sep 9 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • Sep 10 Raymond Scott [Harry Warnow], American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Sep 10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (Great Plains prehistoric cultures), born in Newton, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • Sep 11 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, born in Willemstad, Curaçao (d. 1960)
  • Sep 13 (Leon) "Chu" Berry, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist (Fletcher Henderson; Cab Calloway), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1941)
  • Sep 13 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, born in Cavendish, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Sep 14 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • Sep 15 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain)
  • Sep 15 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Sep 16 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • Sep 17 Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Sep 18 Victor Ambartsumian, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50), born in Tiflis, Russian Empire (d. 1996)
  • Sep 19 Mika Waltari, Finnish novelist (Egyptian), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Sep 19 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, born in Gushikawa, Okinawa, Japan (d. 1975)
  • Sep 20 Alexander Mitscherlich, German psychotherapist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1982)
  • Sep 25 Eugen Suchoň, Slovak organist and composer (Krútňava (The Whirlpool); Psalm of the Carpathian Lands; Kaleidoscope), and music educator, born in Pezinok, d Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • Sep 27 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier (d. 1997)
  • Sep 28 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian violinist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria (d. 2000)
  • Sep 29 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter (2 Golds 1932 Olympics), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • Sep 29 Norman Anderson, English lawyer, missionary and Arabist, born in Aldeburgh, England (d. 1994)
  • Sep 30 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • Sep 30 Edzard H. Schaper, German Swiss sailor and UP correspondent and antifascist, born in Ostrowo

Famous Weddings

Robert Falcon Scott

Sep 2 Naval officer Robert Scott (40) weds sculptress Kathleen Bruce (30) at the Chapel Royal in London, England


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Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), dies at 61
  • Sep 17 Thomas Selfridge, early American aviator, 1st person to die in an air crash at 26
  • Sep 18 Dickey Pearce, American baseball shortstop (pioneer shortstop position; introduced bunt) and manager (NY Mutuals, St. Louis Brown Stockings), dies at 72
  • Sep 20 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, Brazilian writer (Epitaph of a small winner), dies at 69