On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1919

Day of the Week: Saturday

Famous Birthdays

  • Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (PVDA, 1973-77), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • Ralph Houk, MLB catcher, coach, manager (6-time World Series champion), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)

Famous Deaths

  • Ernst Haeckel, German biologist (Causes of Evolution) and philosopher (Social Darwinism), dies at 85
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), dies at 62