The following events occurred in July 1909:
July 1, 1909 (Thursday)Edit
- In the first political assassination in Britain since 1882, Sir William Curzon-Wyllie, chief aide to British India's Secretary of State, was shot and killed in London by Madan Lal Dhingra. Another bystander, Dr. Cawas Lalcaca, was fatally wounded by Dhingra's shots.
- Clark County, Nevada, Palm Beach County, Florida, and Lincoln County, Montana, all came into existence on the same day.
- Alice Blériot, wife of Louis Blériot, saved a child from death, and the grateful family loaned the almost bankrupt aviator 25,000 francs, enough to help him perfect his Blériot XI airplane in an attempt to be the first person to fly across the English Channel.
- Arctic explorer Joseph-Elzéar Bernier placed a plaque at Winter Harbour on Melville Island that proclaimed "The Memorial is erected today to commemorate the taking possession for the Dominion of Canada of the whole Arctic Archipelago lying to the north of America from long. 60 W to 141 W up to the latitude of 90 N."
July 2, 1909 (Friday)Edit
- At the BASF laboratories, chemists Fritz Haber and his assistant, Robert Le Rossignol, first demonstrated a nitrogen fixation process for synthesizing ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen, using osmium as the catalyst. Carl Bosch and Alwin Mittasch adapted the Haber Process to large scale production, making it possible to artificially produce nitrates for fertilizer.
- Born: Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate, in Piraeus (d. 1996); and Earl Butz, controversial U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1971–76; in Albion, Indiana (d. 2008)
July 3, 1909 (Saturday)Edit
- The first Hudson automobile, the "Model 20", came off the assembly line in Detroit. The last Hudson was manufactured in 1957, after the company merged into AMC.
- Federal charges were filed against the manufacturers of Koca Nola, the third most popular cola after Coke and Pepsi, after a one-gallon jug of the syrup was found to include cocaine. Ironically, the company's slogan was "Delicious and Dopeless". The company was fined $100 for "adulteration" and failure to disclose ingredients; bottling of Koca Nola ceased after the company went bankrupt in 1910.
July 4, 1909 (Sunday)Edit
- Architect Daniel Burnham and a team of planners unveiled the Plan of Chicago, also known as the Burnham Plan, a long range vision for the Windy City.
- A 16-foot-tall (4.9 m) pedestal and bust of Abraham Lincoln was dedicated in Scranton, Pennsylvania, at Nay Aug Park. The statue disappeared at some point in the next few decades, and clues to its whereabouts were still being sought a century later.
- France's battleship Danton, the first to have turbine engines, was launched from the shipyard at Brest. The Danton was torpedoed and sunk on March 19, 1917.
July 5, 1909 (Monday)Edit
- Suffragette Marion Wallace Dunlop introduced the "hunger strike" to Britain, after being jailed for disturbing Parliament. Dunlop's fast lasted 91 hours, attracting enough publicity that the government agreed to meet with the suffrage movement leaders. She was released on July 8, becoming a heroine for women's suffrage and an example for protestors ever since.
- The proposed Sixteenth Amendment (income tax) passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, 77–0, and moved on to the House.
- Born: Mohammed Gharib, known as the "Father of Pediatrics in Iran" after authoring a 1941 Persian language textbook on childhood disease (d. 1975)
July 6, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit
July 7, 1909 (Wednesday)Edit
- Physicist Walther Ritz, who had formulated the Ritz method for analyzing combinations of particles, and who had contributed to the Rydberg formula, died of pleurisy in Göttingen at the age of 31.
- T.E. Lawrence, immortalized as "Lawrence of Arabia", departed Britain for his first trip to the Arab world. Lawrence, a second-year undergraduate at Oxford University, traveled to Syria and Palestine for his thesis on the influence of the Crusades on European military architecture.
- Born: Gottfried von Cramm, German tennis player, French Open winner 1934, 1936, in Nettlingen (killed in auto accident, 1976)
July 8, 1909 (Thursday)Edit
- In a reversal of policy, the British government met with women seeking the right to vote. Home Secretary Herbert Gladstone met with eight representatives, led by Charlotte Despard, after being requested to do so by King Edward VII.
- The first professional baseball game played at night under lights was a Central League game at Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Grand Rapids team beat Zanesville, 11–10.
July 9, 1909 (Friday)Edit
- A boundary dispute between Bolivia and Peru was settled by President José Figueroa Alcorta of Argentina, whom the two nations selected as arbitrator.
- Miss Anita Stewart of New York announced her engagement to Prince Miguel, Duke of Viseu, eldest son of Miguel, Duke of Braganza, the Miguelist pretender to the throne of Portugal. The younger Dom Miguel was the grandson of King Miguel I, who had ruled Portugal from 1828 to 1834.
- Died: Lord Ripon, 82, former Viceroy of India (1880–84) and Leader of the House of Lords (1904–08)
July 10, 1909 (Saturday)Edit
- China and the United States reached the first agreement providing for Chinese students to enroll at American universities. The Imperial Court approved Qianpai YouMei Xuesheng Banfa Dagang, an outline of regulations for selecting suitable candidates for study in the U.S., after its delivery by the Ministry of Education.
July 11, 1909 (Sunday)Edit
July 12, 1909 (Monday)Edit
- By a margin of 317–14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution sending the proposed Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to the states for ratification. Alabama was first (on August 10) to ratify the income tax amendment, which was, on February 3, 1913, ratified by the required 36 states.
- Korea agreed to turn over the functions of prison administration and the court system to Japan. Annexation would follow on August 22, 1910.
- President Taft set aside 480 acres (1.9 km2) as the Oregon Caves National Monument.
- Born: Bimal Roy, Hindi film director, in Dhaka (died 1966); Joe DeRita, "the last of the Three Stooges" after replacing Curly Howard; as Joseph Wardell, in Philadelphia (died 1993); and Herbert S. Zim, author of science books for children, in New York (died 1994)
July 13, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit
- Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, the Shah of Persia, was forced to flee to the Russian embassy after rebel armies poured into the Persian capital of Tehran. Mujahidin forces from the north, and Bakhtiari tribesmen from the south, were joined by local supporters of the revolution. By week's end, constitutional government had been restored.
- Born: Prince Souphanouvong, first President of Laos (1975–1991), in Luang Phrabang, five days before Savang Vatthana, last King of Laos (died 1995)
July 14, 1909 (Wednesday)Edit
- Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg became Chancellor of Germany upon the resignation of Chancellor von Bülow. Bethmann-Hollweg served until 1917.
- As the Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 took effect, the Malayan peninsula states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu became British protectorates. More than 175,000 square miles (450,000 km2), or half of Thailand's territory, were forfeited.
- The British submarine HMS C11 sank in the English Channel, off Cromer, after the steamer Eddystone sheared off the submarine's stern, killing 13 of the 16 men aboard.
- Edward Payson Weston arrived in San Francisco on the 105th day of his transcontinental walk. He had set off from New York on his 75th birthday on March 15 on a goal of reaching the West Coast in 100 days—not including Sundays—and reached the St. Francis Hotel at 11:15 p.m.
- Born: Frank Tinker, American flying ace and mercenary, in De Witt, Arkansas (died 1939)
July 15, 1909 (Thursday)Edit
- After China refused to let American banks participate with Germany, Britain and France in financing of a railway building project, U.S. President William Howard Taft personally cabled a request to Prince Chun, the regent for the Chinese Emperor, to be allowed in. China renegotiated the agreement to include American banks, and problems with the project later contributed to the downfall of the Empire in 1911.
- Born: Hendrik B. G. Casimir, Dutch theoretical physicist and discoverer of the Casimir effect, at The Hague (died 2000)
- Died: George Tyrrell, 48, Modernist theologian within the Catholic Church
July 16, 1909 (Friday)Edit
- The Persian Constitutional Revolution succeeded in forcing Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar from the throne of Iran. The National Assembly proclaimed the 12-year-old Crown Prince, Ahmed Mirza, as Shah, and Azud ul Mulk as regent.
- August Horch founded the Horch Automobile Works in Zwickau, beginning a century of manufacture of luxury autos. Because a company he had founded in 1899 already made Horch automobiles, Horch—whose surname meant "Hark!" in German—chose the Latin equivalent, Audi.
- The Detroit Tigers and the visiting Washington Senators played 18 scoreless innings of baseball before darkness ended the game. The 0–0 tie was bettered on September 11, 1945, by a 19 inning scoreless game between the Reds and Dodgers.
July 17, 1909 (Saturday)Edit
- Huntington Beach, California, was incorporated, with 915 residents within its 3.57 square miles (9.2 km2). From 1960 to 1970, with the annexation of adjoining farmland, the city's population grew tenfold, from 11,492 to 115,960, and now has nearly 200,000 inhabitants.
- Glenn Curtiss piloted the airplane Gold Bug for 15 1⁄2 miles at Mineola, New York, earning a $10,000 prize from Scientific American magazine.
- After 45 consecutive at-bats without a hit, Brooklyn Dodgers' catcher Bill Bergen got a single. The record still stands a century later.
July 18, 1909 (Sunday)Edit
- Film actor Larry Semon violated the magician's code by starting a weekly newspaper series, "Mysteries of Magic, Past and Present, Exposed" in the newspaper The North American. Semon revealed secrets of various tricks over 35 columns, stopping in March 1910.
- An earthquake at the New Madrid Fault damaged the town of Petersburg, Illinois.
- Born: Andrei Gromyko, Soviet Foreign Minister 1957-85; (d. 1989); Sri Savang Vatthana, the last King of Laos (1959–1975), in Luang Phrabang (d. 1978); Mohammed Daoud Khan, first President of Afghanistan (1973–1978), Prime Minister (1953–1963) (assassinated 1978); and Harriet Nelson, American actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) as Peggy Lou Snyder, in Des Moines (d. 1994)
- Died: Carlos, Duke of Madrid, 61, pretender to throne of Spain (as Carlos VII) and France (as Charles XI)
July 19, 1909 (Monday)Edit
- The Hudson & Manhattan Railroad's Hudson Terminal, the largest underground station in New York City, was opened at 10:15 a.m., connecting Manhattan to Jersey City. The terminal, located at Cortlandt and Church Streets, was operated by the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, and would later become the World Trade Center PATH station. Two 22-story towers for the H & M Railroad, at the time the "nation's largest office buildings"  would later be replaced by the twin 110-story WTC office buildings, which would be destroyed on September 11, 2001.
- In Cleveland, Neal Ball of the Cleveland Indians made the first unassisted triple play in major league history, in the second inning of a 6–1 win over the Boston Red Sox. Ball caught a hit by Amby McConnell, stepped on second base before Heinie Wagner could return, and tagged Jake Stahl, who was trying to back to first base. The 14th and most recent such play was also in Cleveland, by Asdrúbal Cabrera on May 11, 2008.
- Hubert Latham's attempt to be the first to fly an airplane across the English Channel failed, when the engine on the Antoinette IV failed seven miles (11 km) into the trip. The French destroyer Harpon rescued both pilot and airplane. Six days later, Louis Blériot would cross the Channel.
- Died: Arai Ikunosuke, 73, Japanese samurai
July 20, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit
- Georges Clemenceau resigned as Prime Minister of France after a violent argument in the Chamber of Deputies with former Foreign Minister Theophile Delcasse. A vote of no confidence followed, with the Clemenceau government losing 212–176, and the premier quitting after nearly three years. Clemenceau, who was succeeded by Aristide Briand, would become Premier again in 1917.
July 21, 1909 (Wednesday)Edit
- The first baseball game in Korea took place in Seoul. Yun Ik-hyon and 24 other Korean university students had learned the game while studying in Tokyo, and organized a match against American foreign missionaries. The Korea Baseball Organization would later refer to it as "the turning point for Korean baseball".
July 22, 1909 (Thursday)Edit
- The Republic of Paraguay enacted its first compulsory education law, requiring all children, 5 to 14, to attend school. On September 6, the "Law for the Conversion of the Indian Tribes" was enacted, providing for public land grants of 7,500 hectares (roughly 29 square miles) to establish schools, churches and housing for Indians converted to Christianity.
July 23, 1909 (Friday)Edit
- Alliott Verdon "A.V." Roe piloted the first British-manufactured aeroplane, the Roe I Triplane, flying 850 feet (260 m) at the Walthamstow Marshes in East London, at an altitude of 10 feet (3.0 m) and an average speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). Roe went on to found the airplane manufacturer Avro.
- Sir Frederick Holder, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, collapsed at 5:06 a.m. while presiding over an all-night session, and died a few hours later without regaining consciousness. Reportedly, his last words during the tumultuous session were "Dreadful! Dreadful!"
- Born: Helen Martin, American actress (died 2000)
July 24, 1909 (Saturday)Edit
- John Flanagan became the oldest person to break a sports record when he had a distance of 56.18 meters in the hammer throw. The Irish-born, NYPD cop was 41 years old.
- At D'Urville Island in New Zealand, the first sighting was made of an "Aerialite", a brightly lit object flying over the bay. For the next six weeks, the unidentified flying object was observed across New Zealand from Otago to Auckland.
- Born: John George Haigh, British serial killer, in Stamford (hanged 1949)
July 25, 1909 (Sunday)Edit
- Louis Blériot landed the Blériot XI at 5:17 a.m. in England, at Northfall Meadow near Dover. Having taken off from the French village of Les Baraques, near Calais, 36 minutes earlier, Blériot became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, and made the first international flight as well. A British newspaper noted the next day, "England's isolation has ended once and for all." Blériot, who was recovering from surgery and had no compass, crash-landed. Legend has it that the 25 horsepower (19 kW) airplane engine was saved from overheating by a slight drizzle as he neared the English coast. Blériot won a ₤1,000 prize from the London Daily Mail and received hundreds of orders for his airplane.
July 26, 1909 (Monday)Edit
- The SS Waratah departed Durban, South Africa, with 211 passengers and crew on board, bound for a 3-day journey to Cape Town, its next stop on a voyage from Australia to Britain. The Waratah was spotted on the 27th by the Clan MacIntyre, and never seen again. No trace of the ship has ever been found. Explorer Emlyn Brown thought he had located the wreckage in 1999, but had found, instead, a freighter sunk during World War II. As of 2009, no trace of the Waratah has been found.
- Born: Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy), in Cherryvale, Kansas, as Vivian Roberta Jones (died 1979)
July 27, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit
July 28, 1909 (Wednesday)Edit
- National League President Harry Pulliam shot himself in the head and died the following day.
- The Board of the Ford Motor Company voted to build its first assembly plant outside of Michigan, settling on 1025 Winchester Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Born: (Clarence) Malcolm Lowry, Canadian novelist, in Wallasey, U.K. (died 1957)
July 29, 1909 (Thursday)Edit
- General Motors acquired the Cadillac Motor Company from Henry M. Leland for $5.5 million.
- Amid concerns that African workers recruited from Angola were being exploited as slave labor by the chocolate maker Cadbury Brothers Ltd, Portugal's Colonial Minister, Manuel da Terra Vianna, barred further recruitment until an investigation could be made.
- Born: Chester Himes, African-American author, in Jefferson City, Missouri (died 1984)
July 30, 1909 (Friday)Edit
- With Benjamin Foulois as navigator and observer, Orville Wright passed the final requirement of the U.S. Army Signal Corps for a military airplane. A crowd of 7,000 turned out at Fort Myer, Virginia, to see if the Wright Military Flyer could average 40 miles (64 km) per hour over ten miles (16 km). Wright and Foulois flew five miles (8 km) to Alexandria, rounded Shooter's Hill, and returned in less than 15 minutes. For reaching 42.5 mph (68.4 km/h)., the Wilbur and Orville Wright earned an additional $5,000 along with the $25,000 award.
- When the House of Lords blocked his proposed budget, David Lloyd George, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, made the "Limehouse Speech" in the East London neighborhood of the same name. Referring to the House of Lords, Lloyd George said, "The question will be asked whether 500 men, ordinary men chosen accidentally from the unemployed, should override ... the deliberate judgment of millions of people who are engaged in the industry which makes the wealth of this country." The power of the House of Lords was reduced two years later by the Parliament Act 1911.
- An earthquake in Mexico heavily damaged the towns of Acapulco and Chilpancingo, and an aftershock the following day destroyed water mains in Mexico City.
- Born: C. Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author of Parkinson's Law, in Barnard Castle (d. 1993); Juan Bosch, Dominican author and President for seven months in 1963, in La Vega (d. 2001); and Paul "Mousie" Garner, American comedian, in Washington, D.C. (died 2004)
July 31, 1909 (Saturday)Edit
- Sheikh Fazlollah Noori, a Shi'ite Muslim leader in Iran, was hanged for treason after resisting the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. Seventy years later, after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Sheikh was proclaimed a national hero by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
- The Zion National Park was established by order of U.S. President William Howard Taft, who set aside 15,840 acres (24.75 square miles) as the Mukuntuweap National Monument.
- A time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the Summit County Courthouse in Breckenridge, Colorado. The capsule will be opened on August 8, 2009.
- "Sir William Wyllie Murdered By Hindu", New York Times, July 2, 1909, p1
- Las Vegas Sun, January 4, 2009; Palm Beach County Library; Lincoln County, Montana, site
- Piers Letcher, Eccentric France: The Bradt Guide to Mad, Magical and Marvellous France (Bradt Travel Guides, 2003), pp43–44
- Donald Rothwell, The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp165–66
- Vaclav Smil, Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867–1914 and Their Lasting Impact (Oxford University Press US, 2005), pp191
- Charles David Head, "Here's the Real Dope on Koca Nola", Bottles and Extras magazine (Summer 2005), pp11–13
- "Burnham's gift", Chicago Tribune magazine, January 11, 2009; The Burnham Plan Centennial
- "Lost Lincoln bust remains mystery", Washington Times, July 4, 2008
- "French battleship Danton", BU Theology Library
- James Vernon, Hunger: A Modern History (Harvard University Press, 2007), p61; "Hunger Strike Succeeds", New York Times, July 9, 1909, p3
- "The Sixteenth Amendment: The Historical Background", by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr., Cato Journal, p14 Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
- Ronald William Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times (HarperCollins, 1984), pp166–67
- "Abbreviated Biographical Sketch of Walter Ritz"
- Jerusalem Post: Implementing the Balfour Declaration. December 20, 2012.
- "Hear Suffragettes, The King Commands", New York Times, July 9, 1909, p3
- Joseph Nathan Kane, Famous First Facts, 4th Ed., (Ace Books, 1974) p97
- A. O. Cukwurah, The Settlement of Boundary Disputes in International Law (Manchester University Press), pp192–194
- "Anita Stewart Will Wed Prince Miguel", New York Times, July 10, 1909, p1
- Hongshan Li, U.S.-China Educational Exchange: State, Society, and Intercultural Relations, 1905–1950 (Rutgers University Press, 2008), p61
- Isaac M. Cline, Climatological Data for July 1909: District No. 7. Lower Mississippi Valley, pp 337–338; Monthly Weather Review July 1909
- "House For Income Tax Plan", New York Times, July 13, 1909, p3; "The Sixteenth Amendment: The Historical Background", by Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr., Cato Journal, p14 Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine.
- gpoaccess.gov Archived 2008-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
- A. Wigfall Green, The Epic of Korea (READ BOOKS, 2007), p33
- Crater Lake National Park website
- Janet Afary, The Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906–1911: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism (Columbia University Press, 1996), p252
- Anne Cipriano Venzon, ed., The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (Taylor & Francis, 1999), p84
- William Leonard Langer, ed., The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged (6th ed., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001), p560
- Sovereignty, security and property rights in land: the cases of Thailand and Japan by Tomas Larsson, Cornell University, p25
- Richard Compton-Hall, First Submarines: The Beginnings of Underwater Warfare (Periscope Publishing Ltd., 2004), p166
- "Weston at End of His Long Walk", New York Times, July 15, 1909, p1
- Feng-Hua Huang, Public Debts in China (Columbia University Press, 1919), p37
- "Shah is Dethroned; Young Son Reigns", New York Times, July 17, 1909, p1
- Audi of America press release, 2/9/09
- "Eighteen Innings; No Runs", New York Times, July 17, 1909, p5; New York Times, August 6, 1990
- "The History of Huntington Beach" by Wayne Edward Sherwood
- "Curtiss in the Air Fifty-Two Minutes", New York Times, July 18, 1909, p1
- Society for American Baseball Research, Deadball Stars of the National League (Brassey's, 2004), pp277–78
- Slapstick!, July 2001, "Larry in Paperland", by Claudia Sassen
- "40,000 Celebrate New Tubes' Opening", New York Times, July 20, 1909, p3
- James Glanz and Eric Lipton, City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center (Macmillan, 2003) p56
- David B. Thurston, The World's Most Significant and Magnificent Aircraft (SAE, 2000), p48
- "French Cabinet Out; Its Defeat Sudden", New York Times, July 21, 1909, p1
- Joseph A. Reaves, Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia (University of Nebraska Press, 2002), p107
- The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (Robert Appleton Co.), Volume XI, p471
- Benedict le Vay, Eccentric Britain: The Bradt Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles (Bradt Travel Guides, 2005), p217; "Flying into history", BBC Manchester
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). 2. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 281–282. ; "Opposition and the Media", by Paul Malone
- Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger, UFOs Are Here!: Unmasking the Greatest Conspiracy of Our Time (Citadel Press, 2001), pp36–37
- "Blériot XI – The Channel Crosser".
- R. Dewitt Miller, Forgotten Mysteries 1947 (Kessinger Publishing, 2004), pp41–42
- "The Titanic of the southern seas", The Guardian, April 19, 2004
- B. Chance Saltzman and Thomas R. Searle, Introduction to the United States Air Force (DIANE Publishing, 2001), p111
- SABR Biography Project
- James M. Rubenstein, The Changing US Auto Industry (Routledge, 1992), p56
- Timothy J. Botti, Envy of the World: A History of the U.S. Economy & Big Business (Algora Publishing, 2006), p164
- Kevin Grant, A Civilised Savagery: Britain and the New Slaveries in Africa, 1884–1926 (Routledge, 2005), pp129–130
- John T. Correll, "The First of the Force", Air Force Magazine, August 2007, pp46–51
- Roy Hattersley, The Edwardians (Macmillan, 2005), pp163–165
- "Acapulco Total Wreck", New York Times, August 2, 1909, p1; "Mexico Has Water Famine", New York Times, August 3, 1909, p1
- Said Amir Arjomand, The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran (Oxford University Press US, 1989), p55
- "Celebrate Colorado's 1859 Gold Rush"