On This Day

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 interestEvent 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

Emperor of Ethiopia Menelik II
Emperor of Ethiopia
Menelik II
  • 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 10 Nancy Lancaster, American decorator (Colefax and Fowler), born in Mirador, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • Sep 10 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)

Person of interestIrene Joliot-Curie

Sep 12 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist, (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935), born in Paris, France (d. 1956), daughter of Marie Curie

Physicist and Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist and Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Sep 23 Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealist painter, born in Wanze, Belgium (d. 1994)

Person of interestWilliam Faulkner

Sep 25 William Faulkner, American author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), born in New Albany, Mississippi (d. 1962)

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

Person of interestPaul VI

Sep 26 Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), born in Concesio, Italy (d. 1978)

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Sep 26 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Sep 26 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 1917)
  • Sep 28 Muchtar Auesow, writer
  • Sep 29 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

Deaths in History

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