What Happened in July 1909

Historical Events

  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby earns her only Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 win over Agnes Morton
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats Josiah Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 for back-to-back titles
  • Jul 8 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights
  • Jul 12 16th Amendment was passed by congress (power to tax incomes)
  • Jul 14 German Chancellor Bernhard von Bülow resigns and is replaced by Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg

Baseball Record

Jul 15 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb smashes 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0

  • Jul 16 MLB Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators play longest scoreless game in AL history - 18 innings at Bennett Field in Detroit, Michigan [1]
  • Jul 19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox
  • Jul 24 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 victory at Washington Park, Brooklyn
  • Jul 25 France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across English Channel
  • Jul 27 British ship SS Waratah is last seen en-route from Durban to Cape Town; 211 on board are missing and no trace of the ship ever found

Historic Event

Jul 27 Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

  • Jul 30 French chemist Eugène Schueller founds L'Oréal with his new range of hair dyes
  • Jul 30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1994)
  • Jul 1 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1981)
  • Jul 1 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)
  • Jul 2 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times), born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jul 3 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), born in Albion, Indiana (d. 2008)
  • Jul 3 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jul 3 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1996)
  • Jul 4 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
  • Jul 4 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Madeleine Barot, French activist and theologian, born in Châteauroux, France (d. 1995)
  • Jul 5 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [NS 7/18]
  • Jul 7 Billy Herman, American Baseball HOF second baseman (10 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 1992)
  • Jul 7 Eddie Mayehoff, American actor (Hour Glass, That's My Boy, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1992)
  • Jul 7 Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player (French C'ship 1934, 36), born in Nettlingen, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Jul 8 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • Jul 10 Donald William Sinclair, co–proprietor of the Gleneagles Hotel and the inspiration for the character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (d. 1981)
  • Jul 11 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • Jul 12 "Curly" Joe DeRita, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Jul 12 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer, born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jul 12 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • Jul 12 Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, British Conservative Lower house leader (1941-45), born in Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • Jul 13 David Branson, composer
  • Jul 13 Paul Constantinescu, composer
  • Jul 13 Souphanouvong, President of Laos (1975-87), born in Louangphrabang, Laos (d. 1995)
  • Jul 13 Washington Castro, composer
  • Jul 16 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American dixieland jazz trumpeter, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Jul 16 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, British Canon of Windsor and moral theologian (d. 1996)
  • Jul 17 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [OS 7/5]
  • Jul 18 Harriet (Hilliard) Nelson [Peggy Lou Snyder], American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • Jul 18 Lupe Vélez [María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez], Mexican-American actress (Joe Palooka), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1944)
  • Jul 18 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), born in Kabul, Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • Jul 19 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, born in Cece (d. 1966)
  • Jul 20 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • Jul 20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • Jul 21 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, English Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • Jul 22 Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • Jul 22 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jul 24 John William Finn, American US Navy sailor, awarded the 1st Medal of Honor of WWII for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, born in Compton, California (d. 2010)
  • Jul 25 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Italian composer and conductor, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1996)
  • Jul 26 Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, born in Dunston, Staffordshire (d. 1994)
  • Jul 26 Vivian Vance [Jones], American stage and screen actress (I Love Lucy - "Ethel Mertz"; The Lucy Show - "Viv"), born in Cherryvale, Kansas (d. 1979)
  • Jul 27 Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, British philanthropist, art collector, and racehorse owner, born in Sutton, Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano), born in New Brighton, England (d. 1957)
  • Jul 29 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1989)
  • Jul 30 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress), born in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England (d. 1993)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 5 Emil Bohn, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 8 Gaston, Marquis de Gallifet, French general and Minister of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 Kasimir Felix Badeni, Premier of Polish/Austria (1895-97), dies at 62
  • Jul 10 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40
  • Jul 11 Simon Newcomb, celestial mechanics authority (Stars), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 D v Liliencron, writer, dies at 65
  • Jul 23 Ernest F. Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65
  • Jul 23 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, conductor, and pedagogue, dies at 63