On This Day

What Happened in September 1908

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing 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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Sep 3 James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • Sep 5 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

Historic InventionModel T

Sep 27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan
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The 1910 Model T Ford
The 1910 Model T Ford
  • Sep 29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Maurice Maeterlinck's "L'oiseau Blue" premieres in Moscow

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist
  • Sep 1 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), Lahore, Punjab (d. 1980)
  • 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 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 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)

Person of interestPaul Brown

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

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Sep 8 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert (d. 1996)
  • Sep 9 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (La belle estate)
  • Sep 9 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • Sep 10 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 10 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (d. 1996)
  • Sep 11 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, born in Willemstad, Curaçao (d. 1960)
  • 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
  • Sep 15 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • Sep 15 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain)
  • Sep 16 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • Sep 17 Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin (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 composer, born in Pezinok, Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • Sep 27 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier (d. 1997)
  • Sep 28 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian composer, born in Kyustendil (d. 2000)
  • Sep 29 James Norman Dalrymple Anderson, lawyer
  • Sep 29 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • Sep 30 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • Sep 30 Edzard H Schaper, German/Swiss sailor/UP-correspondent/antifascist

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Polar Explorer Robert Falcon Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Falcon Scott

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 12 Politician Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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 E Selfridge, earlier American aviator, 1st to die in an air crash
  • 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