On This Day

Historical Events in September 1909

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Sep 2 King Edward VII signs South Africa Act

King of England Edward VII
King of England
Edward VII

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Sep 6 New York Times headline announces American explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole 5 months earlier

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary
  • Sep 7 Eugene Lefebvre becomes first pilot to die in an airplane craft, while test piloting new French-built Wright biplane at Juvisy
  • Sep 9 Jack Johnson retains his heavyweight boxing title when he fights Al Kaufman to a no decision in 10 rounds at Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
  • Sep 11 Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet
  • Sep 12 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann

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Sep 13 Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 17 Denis Peyrony and Louis Capitan discover the skull of an adult male Neanderthal (La Ferrassie 1) during excavations in a rock shelter near La Ferrassie, France
  • Sep 18 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
  • Sep 20 The British Parliament passes the South Africa Act; it calls for union of Cape Colony, Natal, Orange River Colony, and Transvaal; and both English and Dutch as official languages
  • Sep 25 Hudson-Fulton Celebration opens in NY

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Sep 27 US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft