Historical Events in July 1909

  • 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)

Appointment of Interest

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