July 1909

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July 25, 1909: Bleriot becomes first man to fly an aircraft across English Channel
July 19, 1909: Hudson Terminal and 22-storey twin towers open at future site of World Trade Center in New York
July 27, 1909:SS Waratah and 211 people on board vanish without a trace

The following events occurred in July 1909:

July 1, 1909 (Thursday)Edit

July 2, 1909 (Friday)Edit

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.[6]
  • 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.[7]

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.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[10]

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.[11]
  • The proposed Sixteenth Amendment (income tax) passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, 77–0, and moved on to the House.[12]
  • 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

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July 8, 1909 (Thursday)Edit

July 9, 1909 (Friday)Edit

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.[20]

July 11, 1909 (Sunday)Edit

July 12, 1909 (Monday)Edit

July 13, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit

July 14, 1909 (Wednesday)Edit

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.[32]
  • 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

Qajar of Iran

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.[36]
  • Glenn Curtiss piloted the airplane Gold Bug for ​15 12 miles at Mineola, New York, earning a $10,000 prize from Scientific American magazine.[37]
  • After 45 consecutive at-bats without a hit, Brooklyn Dodgers' catcher Bill Bergen got a single. The record still stands a century later.[38]

July 18, 1909 (Sunday)Edit

July 19, 1909 (Monday)Edit

July 20, 1909 (Tuesday)Edit

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".[47]

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.[48]

July 23, 1909 (Friday)Edit

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.[51]
  • 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.[52]
  • 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."[53] 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.[45]

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.[54] Explorer Emlyn Brown thought he had located the wreckage in 1999, but had found, instead, a freighter sunk during World War II.[55] 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

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July 29, 1909 (Thursday)Edit

July 30, 1909 (Friday)Edit

July 31, 1909 (Saturday)Edit


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