On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1909

Historical Events

  • American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) at Yonkers, NY
  • Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher
  • In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Presidential candidate (R) 1964)
  • Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)
  • Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959)
1909 Highlights

About January 1, 1909

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 111 years, 8 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn