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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1909 AD


January 1: Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
January 2: 1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
January 5: Colombia recognizes Panama's independence
January 9: Ernest Shackleton reaches 88 degrees 23' south
January 14: Coop. Far. Central Management forms
January 16: British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole
January 16: David, Mawson and Mackay reach south magnetic pole
January 19: Eugene Walter's "Easiest Way," premieres in New York City
January 22: Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich
January 23: 1st radio rescue at sea
January 25: Richard Strauss' premier of "Electricity" in Dresden
January 28: U.S. military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time


February 1: U.S. Assay Office in Salt Lake City, Utah opens
February 2: Italian writer Marinetti publishes Futurist Manifest in Paris
February 8: France and Germany sign treaty about Morocco
February 9: 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
February 9: 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
February 12: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
February 12: Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter and Wijnkoop)
February 12: Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
February 16: 1st subway car with side doors goes into service in New York City
February 16: Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
February 18: Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps
February 21: John Galsworthy's "Strife," premieres in London
February 22: Great White Fleet, 1st U.S. fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia
February 23: Russian tsar Nicolas II dissolves Finnish Diet


March 1: 1st U.S. university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota
March 2: Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
March 3: Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3
March 4: President Taft inaugrated at 27th president during 10" snowstorm
March 4: U.S. prohibits interstate transportation of game birds
March 6: Gerhart Hauptmann's "Griselda," premieres in Vienna
March 10: Jack Johnson fights Victor McLaglen to no decision in 6 for box title
March 14: Amsterdam Social-Democratic Party (SDP) forms
March 18: Einar Dessau of Denmark makes 1st ham broadcast
March 21: Moran and MacFarland (U.S.) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
March 26: August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti," premieres in Stockholm
March 30: Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan and Queens
March 31: Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years
March 31: Gustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his 1st time


April 6: 1st credit union forms in US
April 6: North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson
April 12: Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens
April 14: Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
April 15: Mien Wenneker, Dutch prince Henry's lover, weds Uncle Cornelis Abbo
April 15: New York Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
April 18: Joan of Arc declared a saint
April 19: 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of New Hampshire in 2:53:36.8
April 24: Harry Hillman and Lawson Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds
April 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 17: White firemen on Georgia RR strike to protest hiring blacks
May 19: Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
May 22: 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
May 24: Bristol University granted Royal Charter
May 29: Frank "Home Run" Baker's 1st career home run
May 30: Reuben Siegel laid cornerstone of 1st home in Tel-Aviv
May 31: 1st NAACP conference (United Charities Building, New York City)


June 1: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle
June 2: 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan aboard Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
June 7: Cleveland Industrial Exposition opens
June 12: "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones and Billy Murray hits #1
June 16: 1st U.S. airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000
June 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
June 18: Nannie Burroughs forms national training School for Women
June 20: 1st balloon honeymoon (Roger Burham and Eleanor Waring)
June 23: Confessional parties win Dutch parliamentary elections
June 24: 15th U.S. Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood Golf Club New Jersey
June 25: George Sargent wins U.S. Open golf tournament
June 26: 23rd U.S. Womens Tennis: H Hotchkiss beats Maud Barger-Wallach (60 61)
June 26: Victoria and Albert Museum opens in London
June 27: 23rd U.S. Womens Tennis: Hazel H Wightman beats M Barger-Wallach (60 61)
June 27: Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Netherlands (Belgium count De Lambert)
June 28: 1st French air show, Concours d'Avation opens
June 30: Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for hw boxing title


July 8: 1st pro baseball game, minor league, played under lights
July 12: 16th Amendment approved, power to tax incomes
July 14: Germany chancellor Bernhard von Bulow resigns
July 15: Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park home runs
July 16: Detroit and Washington play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
July 19: Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play
July 24: Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
July 25: France's Louis Bleriot, makes 1st airplane flight across English Channel
July 27: Orville Wright tests 1st U.S. Army airplane, flying 1h12m40s
July 30: John A. Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
July 30: Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army
July 31: Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th


August 1: British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
August 2: 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
August 2: Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
August 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
August 7: U.S. issues 1st Lincoln penny
August 10: Algemeene Netherland Toonkunstenars Ver (ANTV) begins
August 11: Liner "Arapahoe" is 1st ship to use SOS distress call
August 11: SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC
August 11: Warren Bardsley (136 and 130) 1st to get twin tons in a Test
August 19: Indianapolis 500 race track opens
August 24: Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal
August 26: Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 and 13-67 for Middlesex vs. Gloucs
August 26: Middlesex beat Gloucs (Bristol) by Inn and 31 in a single day
August 27: Jack Chesbro's final Yankee game
August 29: AH Latham of France sets world airplane altitude record of 155 m
August 29: World's 1st air race held in Rheims France. Glenn Curtiss (USA) wins
August 31: A. J. Reach Co. patents cork-centered baseball
August 31: Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)


September 2: English King Edward VII signs South Africa Bill
September 6: Word received, Admiral Peary discovers North Pole 5 months earlier
September 9: Jack Johnson fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title
September 11: Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet
September 13: Ty Cobb clinches AL home run title with his 9th home run (all inside-the-park)
September 18: Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
September 25: Hudson-Fulton Celebration opens in N.Y.
September 27: 29th U.S. Mens Tennis: W A Larned beats W J Clothier (61 62 57 16 61)


October 2: 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
October 8: Chicago Cubs beat New York Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
October 9: Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game
October 14: Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
October 16: Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
October 16: Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
October 18: Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m


November 4: Opera "Il Segreto di Susanna" is produced (Munich)
November 7: Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver organizes in Mobile Alabama
November 11: Construction of Navy base at Pearl Harbor begins
November 11: J. M. Synge's "Tinker's Wedding," premieres in London
November 13: 259 miners die in a fire at St. Paul Mine at Cherry Ill
November 13: Ben Simpson of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
November 16: EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
November 18: U.S. invades Nicaragua, later overthrows President Zelaya
November 19: Former Dutch premier Abraham Kuyper denies corruption
November 20: Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
November 23: 7.17" (18.2 cm) of rainfall, Rattlesnake Creek, Idaho (state rec)
November 23: Wright Brothers forms million dollar corp to manufacture airplanes


December 1: 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa
December 1: 1st Israeli kibbutz founded, Deganya Alef
December 4: 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
December 7: Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
December 8: Bird banding society found
December 9: 1st U.S. monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island, New York)
December 11: Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
December 11: Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, New York City
December 15: Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
December 16: U.S. pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos Zelaya from office
December 17: Leopold II, king of Belgium, buried in Brussels
December 21: 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
December 21: Clyde Fitch' "City," premieres in New York City
December 21: University of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
December 23: Albert becomes king of Belgians
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