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Notable Historical Events - 1909

1909Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour

1909Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)

1909President Taft inaugrated at 27th president during 10" snowstorm

1909Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River.

1909Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

1909Joan of Arc receives beatification

1909Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

1909Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.

1909Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s

1909Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

1909Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

1909Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game

1909Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

1909US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes

1909 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) 
Jan 1
Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher. 
Jan 1
In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income 
Jan 2
1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50) 
Jan 5
Colombia recognizes Panama's independence 
Jan 9
Ernest Shackleton as part of the British Nimrod Expedition reaches a record farthest South latitude (88°23' south) 
Jan 14
Coöp. Far. Central Management forms 
Jan 16
British explorers David, Mawson & Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition 
Jan 19
Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way," premieres in NYC 
Jan 22
Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich 
Jan 23
1st radio rescue at sea 
Jan 25
Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden 
Jan 27
The Young Left is founded in Norway. 
Jan 28
US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time 
Feb 1
US Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens 
Feb 1
US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912 
Feb 2
Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris 
Feb 8
France & Germany sign treaty about Morocco 
Feb 9
1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium) 
Feb 9
1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio 
Feb 12
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms 
Feb 12
Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop) 
Feb 12
Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) 
Feb 16
1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC) 
Feb 16
Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary 
Feb 18
Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps 
Feb 20
Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro. 
Feb 21
John Galsworthy's "Strife," premieres in London 
Feb 22
Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va 
Feb 23
Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet 
Feb 24
The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 
Feb 26
Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation 
Mar 1
1st US university school of nursing established, Univ of Minn 
Mar 2
Gr Brit, France, Germ & It asks Serbia to set no territorial demands 
Mar 3
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3 
Mar 4
President Taft inaugrated at 27th president during 10" snowstorm 
Mar 4
US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds 
Mar 6
Gerhart Hauptmann's "Griselda" premieres in Vienna 
Mar 10
Jack Johnson fights Victor McLaglen to no decision in 6 for box title 
Mar 12
Alarmed over increasing German naval strength, Parliament passes a new naval appropriations bill 
Mar 14
Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms 
Mar 18
Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast 
Mar 18
Russia and Bulgaria reach an agreement in which late 19th century Russian financial claims are cancelled to meet compensation due to Turkey from Bulgaria 
Mar 21
Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin) 
Mar 21
Germany sends Russia a diplomatic notes requesting recognition of the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and cessation of support to Serbia in the controversy 
Mar 26
August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premieres in Stockholm 
Mar 26
In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz 
Mar 30
Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan & Queens 
Mar 31
Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years 
Mar 31
Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for his 1st time 
Mar 31
In a diplomatic note to Austria, Serbia recognizes the the Bosnian annexation and promises to maintain friendly relations with Austria 
Apr 6
1st credit union forms in US 
Apr 6
North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson 
Apr 9
The US Congress pass the Payne-Aldrich bill, raising certain tariffs on goods entering the United States 
Apr 12
Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens 
Apr 13
In Constantinople, the primarily Albanian First Army Corps seizes the parliament building and telegraphs offices, forcing the Ottoman statesman Hilmi Pasha to resign 
Apr 14
Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London 
Apr 15
NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers 
Apr 19
13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of NH in 2:53:36.8 
Apr 19
Joan of Arc receives beatification 
Apr 19
A convention with Turkey recognizes Bulgarian independence 
Apr 24
Harry Hillman & Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds 
Apr 27
Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown 
May 1
Netherlands begins unity with Belgium 
May 2
Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs 
May 3
35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2 
May 7
Construction begins on first 100 houses in Ahuzat Bayit (Tel Aviv) 
May 8
Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) 
May 8
Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) 
May 10
Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning 
May 12
34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8 
May 13
Christian National Labor Workers (CNV) party begins in Netherlands 
May 13
The first Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan: Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner. 
May 17
White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks 
May 19
Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title 
May 22
1st SF fireboat, David Scannell, launched 
May 24
Bristol University granted Royal Charter 
May 29
Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run 
May 30
National Conference on the Negro is held 
May 30
Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv 
May 31
1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, NYC) 
Jun 1
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle 
Jun 2
43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6 
Jun 2
Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time. 
Jun 7
Cleveland Industrial Exposition opens 
Jun 7
Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16. 
Jun 9
Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the USA, driving a Maxwell automobile 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days with three non-driving female companions. 
Jun 12
"Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1 
Jun 15
Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference. 
Jun 16
1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000 
Jun 16
Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals 
Jun 18
Nannie Burroughs forms national training School for Women 
Jun 20
1st balloon honeymoon (Roger Burham & Eleanor Waring) 
Jun 23
Confessional parties win Dutch parliamentary elections 
Jun 24
15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood GC NJ 
Jun 25
George Sargent wins US Open golf tournament 
Jun 26
23rd US Womens Tennis: H Hotchkiss beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-0 6-1) 
Jun 26
Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London 
Jun 27
23rd US Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats M Barger-Wallach (6-0 6-1) 
Jun 27
Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Neth (Belgium count De Lambert) 
Jun 28
1st French air show, Concours d'Avation opens 
Jun 30
Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for hw boxing title 
Jul 3
26th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby beats A Morton (6-4 4-6 8-6) 
Jul 3
33rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats J Ritchie (6-8 1-6 6-2 6-2 6-2) 
Jul 8
1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights 
Jul 12
16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes) 
Jul 14
Germany chancellor Bernhard von Bulow resigns 
Jul 15
Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs 
Jul 16
Det & Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings 
Jul 19
Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play 
Jul 24
Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates 
Jul 25
France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across English Channel 
Jul 27
Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s 
Jul 30
John A Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League 
Jul 30
Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army 
Jul 31
Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th 
Aug 1
British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed 
Aug 2
1st Lincoln head pennies minted 
Aug 2
Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers 
Aug 4
Ump Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call, this leads to Hurst's banishment 
Aug 6
Alice Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip. 
Aug 7
US issues 1st Lincoln penny 
Aug 10
Algemeene Netherland Toonkunstenars Ver (ANTV) begins 
Aug 11
SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC 
Aug 11
Warren Bardsley (136 & 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test 
Aug 18
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River. 
Aug 19
Indianapolis 500 race track opens 
Aug 24
Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal 
Aug 26
Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs 
Aug 26
Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn & 31 in a single day 
Aug 27
Jack Chesbro's final Higlander game 
Aug 29
AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m 
Aug 29
World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins 
Aug 30
Burgess Shale fossils discovered by Charles Doolittle Walcott. 
Aug 31
A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball 
Aug 31
Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2) 
Sep 2
King Edward VII signs South Africa Act 
Sep 6
Word received that Admiral Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier 
Sep 7
Eugene Lefebvre (1878-1909), while test piloting a new French-built Wright biplane, crashes at Juvisy France when his controls jam. Lefebvre dies, becoming the first 'pilot' in the world to lose his life in a powered heavier-than-air craft. 
Sep 9
Jack Johnson fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title 
Sep 11
Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet 
Sep 13
Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park) 
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 
Sep 27
29th US Mens Tennis: W A Larned beats W J Clothier (6-1 6-2 5-7 1-6 6-1) 
Sep 27
US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes 
Oct 2
1st rugby match (Twickenham) 
Oct 8
Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant 
Oct 9
Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game 
Oct 14
Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series 
Oct 16
Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 16
Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series 
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 4
Opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" is produced (Munich) 
Nov 7
Knights of St Peter Claver founded in Mobile, Alabama; Ladies Auxiliary formed in 1922 
Nov 11
Construction of US navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, begins 
Nov 11
J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London 
Nov 12
Mackenzie King takes his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour 
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 16
EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms 
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 rec) 
Nov 23
Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes 
Nov 26
Sigma Alpha Mu is founded in the City College of New York by 8 Jewish young men. 
Nov 30
9th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Sydney (5-0) 
Nov 30
The British House of Lords rejects the 'People's Budget' prepared by David Loyd George; the budget tries to shift the tax burden to the wealthy 
Dec 1
1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa 
Dec 1
1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef 
Dec 4
1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6 
Dec 7
Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite) 
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 15
Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League 
Dec 16
A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office 
Dec 17
Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels 
Dec 21
1st junior high school established (Berkeley California) 
Dec 21
Clyde Fitch' "City" premieres in NYC 
Dec 21
U of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole 
Dec 23
Albert I becomes the third King of the Belgians 
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