1909 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 140 of 140

  • Aug 30 Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott.
  • Sep 2 King Edward VII signs South Africa Act
  • Sep 6 Word received that American explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier
  • Sep 7 Eugene Lefebvre becomes first pilot to die in an airplane craft, while test piloting new French-built Wright biplane at Juvisy
  • Sep 11 Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet
  • Sep 12 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
  • 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 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
  • Oct 18 Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
  • Oct 24 Italy and Russia sign the Racconigi Pact in which both nations promise to support the status quo in the Balkans
  • Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China
  • Nov 7 Knights of St Peter Claver founded in Mobile, Alabama; Ladies Auxiliary formed in 1922
  • Nov 11 Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Nov 11 J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London

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Nov 12 Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Nov 13 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois
  • Nov 13 Ben Simpson of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Nov 13 Collier's magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.
  • Nov 18 US invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya
  • Nov 19 Former Dutch premier Abraham Kuyper denies corruption
  • Nov 20 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
  • Nov 23 7.17" (18.2 cm) of rainfall, Rattlesnake Creek, Idaho (state record)
  • Nov 23 Wright Brothers form million dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes
  • Nov 26 Sigma Alpha Mu is founded in the City College of New York by 8 Jewish young men.

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Nov 30 British House of Lords rejects David Lloyd George's 'People's Budget', which tried to shift tax burden to the wealthy. Leads to the Parliament Act; intent to stop unelected house overruling will of the elected house.

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • Dec 1 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
  • Dec 1 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef

1stHistoric Invention

Dec 7 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Leo Baekeland
  • Dec 8 Bird banding society found
  • Dec 9 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, NY)
  • Dec 11 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Dec 11 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • Dec 16 A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, king of Belgium, died in Laeken after a reign of exactly 44 years
  • Dec 21 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
  • Dec 21 Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 21 Unitversity of Copenhagen rejects American Explorer Frederick A Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
  • Dec 23 Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 255

  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • May 28 John Schepens, [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist/writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 29 Neil R[onald] Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • Jun 1 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • Jun 4 William Batten, CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84)
  • Jun 6 Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
  • Jun 7 Peter W Rodino, (Rep-D-NJ, 1949- )/chaired Watergate council
  • Jun 8 William Odling, major-general
  • Jun 9 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher
  • Jun 16 Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
  • Jun 17 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • Jun 19 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • Jun 23 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)
  • Jun 24 William G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • Jun 25 Daniel Fuchs, American writer (Summer in Williamsburg)
  • Jun 26 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Nicholas Polunin, environmentalist
  • Jun 28 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist
  • Jun 30 Juan Bosch, poet/President of Dominican Republic (1962-63)
  • Jul 1 Juan Carlos Onetti, novelist
  • Jul 1 Madge Evans, Manhattan TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 2 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times)
  • Jul 3 Earl L Butz, US Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76); a real Butz
  • Jul 3 Lucy Kroll, entertainment agent
  • Jul 3 Stavros Niachos, Greece, shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks)
  • Jul 4 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Madeleine Barot, resistance heroine
  • Jul 5 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/18 NS]
  • Jul 8 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • Jul 10 Donald William Sinclair, co–proprietor of the Gleneagles Hotel and the inspiration for the character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (d. 1981)
  • Jul 12 2nd viscount Camrose, British Conserv Lower house leader (1941-45)
  • Jul 12 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87)
  • Jul 12 Fritz Leonhardt, German civil engineer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 15 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist
  • Jul 16 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, moral theologian
  • Jul 17 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/5 OS]
  • Jul 18 Mohammed Daoud Khan, President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • Jul 20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • Jul 21 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, Egyptologist
  • Jul 26 Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, born in Dunston, Staffordshire (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano)
  • Jul 30 Cyril Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress)
  • Aug 1 Nigel Henderson, British admiral (d. 1993)
  • Aug 2 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 4 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Aug 9 John Baur, museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
  • Aug 9 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
  • Aug 10 Frank Bowden, industrialist/landowner
  • Aug 10 George W Crockett Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1980- )
  • Aug 10 Julio A Abraham, president (Democratic Party Bonaire)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 10 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
  • Aug 11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • Aug 11 Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
  • Aug 12 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • Aug 12 Richard Bare, American director
  • Aug 15 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • Aug 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • Aug 21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 22 Stojan T Daskalov, Bulgaria, writer (A Farm)
  • Aug 26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 27 Sidney R Yates, (Rep-D-IL, 1949-62, 65- )
  • Aug 29 Roy Reuther, American Labor Leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 30 Barry Appleby, cartoonist
  • Aug 31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)
  • Sep 1 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (d. 1957)

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Sep 4 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician (Auschwitz), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • Sep 7 Elia Kazan, Constaninople Turkey, director (Streetcar Named Desire)
  • Sep 11 William H Natcher, (Rep-D-Kentucky, 1953- )
  • Sep 12 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1986)
  • Sep 14 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer (d. 1989)
  • Sep 15 Jean Batten, NZ air pioneer (1st woman to fly solo Australia-
  • Sep 15 C.N.Annadurai, Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
  • Sep 16 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Sep 16 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • Sep 17 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • Sep 17 Kenneth Darling, Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Northern Europe
  • Sep 19 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)

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Sep 21 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Sep 22 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • Sep 23 Marianne Straub, weaver
  • Sep 23 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • Sep 24 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • Sep 25 Florizel A Glasspole, governor-gen of Jamaica (1973-91)
  • Sep 26 Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994-2002), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in History

Deaths in History