On This Day

September 1903 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 9 6 km long Engadin-railroad tunnel in Switzerland inaugurated
  • Sep 11 The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals"

Queen of the Netherlands Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen of the Netherlands
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Sep 17 Boston Pilgrims clinch AL pennant, beating Cleveland, 14-3
  • Sep 19 King Leopold II denies Belgian cruelty in Congo
  • Sep 21 First cowboy film "Kit Carson" premieres in US
  • Sep 24 Alfred Deakin succeeds Edmund Barton as Australia premier
  • Sep 27 Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
  • Sep 30 New Gresham's School officially opened by Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood in Norfolk, England (expansion of original school founded 1555)

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 3 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian (d. 1968)
  • Sep 9 Phyllis Whitney, American writer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 11 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Frankfurt (d. 1969)
  • Sep 22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Olive Ann Beech, American businesswoman (Co-Founder of Beech Aircraft Company), born in Waverly, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • Sep 25 Mark Rothko [Marcus Rothkovich], American abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • Sep 26 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, born in Dessau (d. 1974)
  • Sep 29 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neo criticism), dies
  • Sep 3 Joseph Skipsey, British poet (b. 1832)
  • Sep 6 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), dies at 66
  • Sep 27 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92