On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1908

Historical Events

  • Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight

Famous Birthdays

  • Franz Grothe, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1982)

Famous Deaths

  • Thomas E Selfridge, earlier American aviator, 1st to die in an air crash
1908 Highlights

About September 17, 1908

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 111 years, 10 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Virgo