September 1897 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
  • Sep 2 "McCal" magazine first published
  • Sep 10 Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States

Event of Interest

Sep 11 After months of pursuit, generals of Menelik II of Ethiopia capture Gaki Sherocho, the last king of Kaffa, bringing an end to that ancient kingdom

  • Sep 12 Battle of Saragarhi: Thousands of Orakzai and Afridi tribesmen overwhelm and kill at great cost to themselves 21 British Raj Sikh Soldiers led by Havildar Ishar Singh at Tirah, North-West Frontier Province, British India
  • Sep 21 NY Sun runs famous "Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus" editorial
  • Sep 23 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming)
  • Sep 25 1st British bus service opens

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 3 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet Me In St. Louis), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Sep 5 Arthur C. Nielsen, American businessman and market researcher (TV's Nielsen's Ratings), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • Sep 10 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)
  • Sep 10 Nancy Lancaster, American decorator (Colefax and Fowler), born in Mirador, Virginia (d. 1994)

Irene Joliot-CurieIrene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956)

Sep 12 French chemist and physicist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, born in Paris, France

  • Sep 23 Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealist painter, born in Wanze, Belgium (d. 1994)

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner (1897-1962)

Sep 25 American author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), born in New Albany, Mississippi

  • Sep 26 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 1917)

Paul VIPaul VI (1897-1978)

Sep 26 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), born in Concesio, Italy

  • Sep 26 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Sep 28 Muchtar Auezov, Kazakh writer, born in Semipalatinsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1961)
  • Sep 29 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)

Weddings in History

James Longstreet

Sep 8 Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia

Deaths in History

  • Sep 21 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • Sep 22 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general (Crimean War, Franco-Prussian war), dies at 81
  • Sep 30 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)