Historical Events in September 1908

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 3 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Australian Bill Lang in 6 rounds in Melbourne in a warmup fight for his famous title bout with Jack Johnson

  • Sep 3 James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • Sep 5 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0 at Washington Park, Brooklyn

Historic Event

Sep 9 Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va

  • Sep 9 Russia takes part of Poland
  • Sep 12 Canada appoints a Civil Service Commission, initiating a more equitable system for selecting civil servants
  • Sep 16 Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan
  • Sep 17 Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indian Bob "Dusty" Rhoades no-hits Boston, 2-1

Music Premiere

Sep 19 Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony premieres in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)

  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • Sep 22 Bulgaria declares independence from the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)
  • Sep 23 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • Sep 23 University of Alberta opens
  • Sep 24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • Sep 25 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • Sep 26 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball

Model T

Sep 27 Henry Ford's first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan

  • Sep 29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Theater Premiere

Sep 30 Maurice Maeterlinck's play "L'Oiseau bleu" (The Blue Bird) premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre