September 1912

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September 28, 1912: Thousands sign the Ulster Covenant
September 21, 1912: Houdini unveils most dangerous act yet

The following events occurred in September 1912:

September 1, 1912 (Sunday)[edit]

Fisher: "A road across the United States!"
  • At Indianapolis, entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, President of the Prest-O-Lite Company and founder of the Indianapolis 500 race, hosted a dinner for his colleagues in the automotive industry and unveiled his plans for the Lincoln Highway. "A road across the United States! Let's build it before we're too old to enjoy it!" The auto trail, which paved roads to connect existing highways, would run from New York City to San Francisco, and would be completed in 1925.[1]
  • In Morocco, French troops put down a native uprising.[2]
  • Born: Bernard Sarnat, American plastic surgeon and developer of craniofacial surgery techniques, in Chicago (d. 2011)[3]
  • Died: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, 37, English composer nicknamed "The African Mahler"

September 2, 1912 (Monday)[edit]

  • The first Calgary Stampede was held, lasting for six days, running for six days and attracting 80,000 people.[4]
  • U.S. President Taft signed an Executive Order establishing the first "Naval Petroleum Reserve" to be used for the U.S. Navy in the event of war. NPR-1 was located at a government-owned oil field in Kern County, California.[5]
  • Woodrow Wilson opened his presidential campaign with a Labor Day address in Buffalo, New York.[6]
  • In the UK, the Trades Union Congress president Will Thorne opened the TUC's annual conference with a demand for common ownership and an attack on the government for its behaviour in the recent strikes.[2]
  • Born: Xuan Thuy, Foreign Minister of North Vietnam, in Ha Dong Province (d. 1985); David Daiches, Scottish literary historian, in Sunderland, England (d. 2005); and Imre Finta, Hungarian-born Canadian citizen, prosecuted and acquitted of war crimes, in Kolozsvár, Austria-Hungary (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania) (d. 2003)

September 3, 1912 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Arnold Schoenberg's Opus No. 16, composed in 1909 and entitled Five Orchestral Pieces (Fünf Orchesterstücke), was given its first public performance. Sir Henry Wood conducted the premiere at the Queen's Hall in London.[7]
  • Sheik Shawish was arrested in Cairo on charges of conspiracy against Lord Kitchener and the Khedive.[8]
  • Nobody won a majority in the election for Governor of Vermont, and the matter was sent to the State Legislature to decide on October 2.[9]

September 4, 1912 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The Albanian Revolt of 1912 ended, as the Ottoman Empire agreed to the demands of Albanian rebels in its Montenegro province.[10]
  • Fourteen people were killed in a coal mine explosion at the Clarence Coal Company at Pas de Calais, France.[8]
  • In London, 22 were injured in a tube collision on the Piccadilly line, the first ever such accident on London's underground.[2]
  • Died: W. J. McGee, 59, American geologist, anthropologist and ethnologist

September 5, 1912 (Thursday)[edit]

  • A ship, bringing the monument to commemorate the French victory of Napoleon over the Russians at Borodino, sank, killing all on board.[8]
  • Fifteen Christians were massacred by the Turks at Heimeli, near Scutari.
  • Born: John Cage, American composer, in Los Angeles (d. 1992)
  • Died: Arthur MacArthur, Jr., 67, U.S. Army General, Medal of Honor winner, former Governor-General of the Philippines, and father of General Douglas MacArthur, suffered a fatal stroke while delivering an address to a reunion of the 24th Wisconsin regiment that he had commanded during the American Civil War. MacArthur was in Milwaukee, and after he recounted "one of the most remarkable scouting expeditions of the war", he told his men, "Your indomitable courage...", then halted his speech with the words, "Comrades, I am too weak to go on." He sat back down and collapsed, dying moments later.[11]

September 6, 1912 (Friday)[edit]

  • The uprising of Moroccan pretender Ahmed al-Hiba was ended in a battle at Sidi Bou Othmane, as his force of 10,000 troops was decimated by 5,000 French troops led by Colonel Charles Mangin. The poorly armed Moroccan tribesmen, promised by al-Hiba "that French bullets would turn into water and French shells into watermelons", charged at Mangin's troops, who were aligned in a square formation with artillery at the center. Within two hours, 2,000 of al-Hiba's troops were dead and thousands more wounded; French losses were four dead and 23 wounded.[12]
  • In what has been described as "the most anticipated and hyped sporting event"[13] up to that time, the two best pitchers in the American League, Smoky Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox and Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators, faced off against each other before an overflow crowd at Fenway Park. Wood was on a winning streak of 13 consecutive games, while Johnson had set a record of 16 straight wins the previous month. In a pitcher's duel, the two each threw five scoreless innings, until Johnson allowed a run to score in the sixth, the margin for a 1–0 victory for Wood and the Red Sox. Wood would go on to win two more games to tie, but not break, Johnson's record.[14]
  • Roland Garros of France broke the record for altitude in an airplane, reaching 16,405 feet at Houlgate, near Trouville.[15]

September 7, 1912 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The Madeira-Mamoré Railroad was completed, under the direction of American businessman Percival Farquhar, after five years with the driving of a golden spike to link the track.[16]
  • Playing at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, Jerome Travers won the United States golf championship for the third time.[17]
  • Themistoklis Sofoulis, exiled leader of the Greek people on the island of Samos, landed with a force of Greek volunteers and drove away the Ottoman Empire troops there.[18]
  • At the Christ Episcopal Church in Harvard, Illinois, Miss Dorothy Gardner was married to Mr. Leslie King. Shortly after their son, Leslie Lynch King, Jr., was born on July 14, 1913, Dorothy King would leave her husband, taking her child with her, and file for divorce. She would remarry in 1917, renaming Leslie, Jr., as Gerald Rudolph Ford, who would grow up to become the 38th President of the United States.[19]
  • French Army troops, led by Colonel Mangin rescued nine French civilians who had been taken hostage by Moroccan pretender El Hiba at Marrakesh, but El Hiba himself escaped, setting the stage for a final battle later.[20]
  • Born: David Packard, co-founder (with Bill Hewlett) of Hewlett-Packard Company, in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • Died: Bugs Raymond, 30, former Major League Baseball star, after having his skull fractured in a barroom fight.

September 8, 1912 (Sunday)[edit]

September 9, 1912 (Monday)[edit]

September 10, 1912 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • A bomb explosion at a market at the Macedonian town of Doiran, near Salonika, killed 20 and injured 30.[23]

September 11, 1912 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Italo-Turkish War: Italian Army Captain Riccardo Moizo became the first pilot to become a prisoner of war after his Nieuport airplane was forced to land at Azizia in Libya.[24]
  • Born: Robin Jenkins, Scottish novelist, in Cambuslang (d. 2005)
  • Died: Etta Duryea Johnson, 31, white wife of African-American boxing champion Jack Johnson, by suicide

September 12, 1912 (Thursday)[edit]

  • After French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré signed an agreement in Moscow with the Russian Empire, Russia ratified the Franco-Russian Convention, providing that if the German Empire mobilized its troops, France and Russia would do the same.[25]
  • Born: Feroze Gandhi, Indian independence agitator, journalist and newspaper publisher; husband of Indira Gandhi and father of Rajiv Gandhi who both served as Prime Minister of India after his death, and son-in-law of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru; (d. 1960)

September 13, 1912 (Friday)[edit]

  • The funeral of the Emperor Meiji was held at Tokyo, after which the body was taken on its journey to Motoyama.[26]
  • The government of Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) was threatened by revolution, prompting the U.S. to send aid.[8]
  • Born: Reta Shaw, American character actress, in South Paris, Maine (d. 1982)
  • Died: Count Nogi Maresuke, 62, former Japanese general disgraced during the Russo-Japanese War, and his wife, Nogi Shizuku, 52, by ritual suicide, following the Emperor's funeral.[27]

September 14, 1912 (Saturday)[edit]

September 15, 1912 (Sunday)[edit]

  • In fighting between French forces and Moorish tribesmen at Sidi Kacem in Morocco, nine French soldiers were killed and 30 wounded.[8]
  • Ten recruits and a gunner's mate at the U.S. Navy Training school at Chicago were drowned in the capsizing of a launch at Lake Michigan.[31]
  • John Schrank, a bartender from New York City, began working on his plan to assassinate former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, after having a dream that the late President William McKinley had pointed to Roosevelt and said "This is my murderer, avenge my death." Schrank would catch up with Roosevelt, who was campaigning for a new term as President, on October 14.[32]
  • On the 91st anniversary of its independence, El Salvador adopted the flag that it uses today, restoring the blue and white tricolor flag that it had abandoned in 1865.[33]

September 16, 1912 (Monday)[edit]

  • A typhoon, with winds of more than 200 miles per hour, struck the city of Taito on the Japanese-controlled island of Formosa (now Taitung City on the Republic of China island of Taiwan. The winds killed 107 people, injured 293, and destroyed 91,400 houses. In addition, the storm sank the city's fishing boats and ruined the rice and sugar crops.[34]
  • Liang Ju-hao became the new Foreign Minister of China.[8][35] The initial dispatch from foreign correspondent mistakenly stated that "the new Minister is unable to read the Chinese language, though he is well educated from the Western point of view", which would cause the Times of London to run a correction on November 15.[36]

September 17, 1912 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Starting at midnight, the Kingdom of Greece began drafting its adult male citizens into the Army and Navy in preparation for war.[37]
  • Fifteen people were burned to death and 14 injured when a train caught fire at Ditton Junction in Lancahire.[8]
  • French aviator Georges Legagneux broke the altitude record, reaching 18,767 feet over Houlgate.[38]
  • In a battle at Derna in modern-day Libya, 1,000 Turks and Arabs were killed, and 61 Italian forces died.[39]

September 18, 1912 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Representatives of the four-nation banking consortium informed China's Finance Minister, Zhou Xuexi, that the railway loan was subject to four conditions, including repayment through a new tax on salt, bank consortium approval of any financial reforms, and appointment of technicians from the four nations.[40]

September 19, 1912 (Thursday)[edit]

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September 20, 1912 (Friday)[edit]

September 21, 1912 (Saturday)[edit]

September 22, 1912 (Sunday)[edit]

regnerative circuit
  • Edwin Howard Armstrong, a 21-year-old electrical engineering student at Columbia University, made the first successful test of his invention, the regenerative circuit, amplifying faint radio signals to normal levels by repeatedly feeding current through the relatively new (1906) Audion grid. The regenerative circuit revolutionized the reception of radio waves, and, with in a few months, was used to improve radio transmission.[48]
  • Greece and Bulgaria strengthened their defense alliance, signed in May, with details for conditions and procedures for mobilization of their armed forces.[49]
  • Born: Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, American horse racing magnate, in London, England (d. 1999)

September 23, 1912 (Monday)[edit]

  • U.S. President Taft issued an executive order barring foreign ships, whether commercial or military, ships from the waters of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, Cuba's Guantanamo Bay, and the Philippines' Subic Bay. The entire island of Guam was ordered completely off limits, effectively cutting its civilian population off from the outside world, with restrictions remaining in place until the 1950s.[50]

September 24, 1912 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The Ottoman Empire mobilized its European forces, with 175,000 in the Western Army at Macedonia and 115,000 in the Eastern Army at Thrace.[51]
  • A group of 750 U.S. Marines was dispatched to the Dominican Republic to protect American interests.[52] The U.S. intervention led to a temporary halt in the civil war that had begun after the assassination of President Ramón Cáceres in November 1911.[53]
  • Born: Robert Lewis Taylor, American novelist (d. 1998)
  • Died: Adolf Marschall von Bieberstein, 69, German ambassador to the United Kingdom and former Foreign Minister of Germany

September 25, 1912 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The first radio transmissions from Antarctica were made, as a station on Macquarie Island was set up by five men from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.[54]
  • In Nicaragua, General Luis Mena and 700 rebels surrendered when confronted by a 2,700 member force of U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Bluejackets.[55]
  • British and French cruisers landed marines to protect foreigners at on the island of Samos.[8]

September 26, 1912 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The Elks of Canada fraternal organization, a counterpart to the American club, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, was founded in Canada. According to the E.O.C., "The Elks of Canada is the largest, all-Canadian, fraternal organization in Canada with nearly 14,000 members in over 250 locations throughout the country."[56]
  • The Australian Inland Mission was created by decision of the members of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. Organized by Presbyterian minister John Flynn, the A.I.M. sought to bring the Christian faith into Australia's outback, and to fulfill a secondary mission of insuring that "hospital and nursing facilities are provided within a hundred miles of every spot in Australia where women and children reside".[57]
  • Born: Preston Cloud, American paleontologist and geographer, in West Upton, Massachusetts (d. 1991)
  • Died: Charles Voisin, French airman, in a car accident near Belleville-sur-Saône.[8]

September 27, 1912 (Friday)[edit]

  • Leslie King began abuse of his new bride, Dorothy King, while the couple were on their honeymoon at the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The incident was the first of many recited in Mrs. King's divorce petition, found by historians later, after the couple's child had grown up to become U.S. President Gerald R. Ford.[19]

September 28, 1912 (Saturday)[edit]

Ulster Covenant
  • Signing of the Ulster Covenant, a protest by adult citizens of the province in northern Ireland against a proposal to give Ireland self-government apart from Great Britain, was completed. Over a period of six days, beginning on September 23, the Covenant was signed by 237,368 men, while a companion document, the Ulster Declaration, was signed by 234,046 women,[58] virtually the entire adult Protestant population of Ulster.[59]
  • In protest over the National Insurance Act, a majority of British doctors resigned their contracts with medical clubs.[8]
  • The French dreadnought Paris, with twelve 12-inch guns and 26 smaller cannons and described as "the most formidable ship in the French Navy", was launched at Touloun.[60]
  • At Seoul, 106 Koreans were sentenced on charges of conspiracy against Count Terauchi, with terms of 5 to 10 years. The most prominent of the convicts, former Korean cabinet minister Baron Yun Chi Ho, got a ten-year sentence. Nine other prisoners were released.[61]
  • Corporal Frank S. Scott of the United States Army became the first enlisted servicemember to lose his life in an airplane accident. He and Lt. Lewis C. Rockwell perished in the crash of a Wright Model B at College Park, Maryland.[62]

September 29, 1912 (Sunday)[edit]

  • The first IAAF world record for the javelin throw was set by Eric Lemming of Sweden, at 62.32 meters (204.46 feet).[63]
  • The first airplane flight in Venezuela was made by Frank Boland, who circled Caracas for 27 minutes in a plane made of bamboo.
  • French and British Marines captured the city of Vathy on the island of Samos.[8]
  • Born: Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian film director, in Ferrara (d. 2007)

September 30, 1912 (Monday)[edit]

September 30, 1912: Columbia School of Journalism opens


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  31. ^ "Lake Squall Drowns Twelve Navy Boys", New York Times, September 16, 1912
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