On This Day

What Happened on September 8, 1914

Historical Events

  • HMS (formerly RMS) Oceanic, sister ship of RMS Titanic, sinks off Scotland
  • Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during WW1

Famous Birthdays

  • Dave Bowman, American jazz and studio pianist (Jack Teagarden; Bud Freeman; Perry Como), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1964)
  • Dimitrios I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (1973-91), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1991)
  • Doug Freeman, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Wellington), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • Hillary Brooke, American film actress (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Astoria, New York (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • William Erasmus Darwin, British son of Charles Darwin, subject of his father's psychological studies, dies at 74
1914 Highlights

About September 8, 1914

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 107 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Virgo