January 5 - Colombia recognizes the independence of Panama.
January 16 - Ernest Shackleton's expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.
January 28 - United States troops leave Cuba after being there since the Spanish-American
February 12 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
February 23 - The Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.
February 24 - The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
March 18 - Einar Dessau uses a short-wave radio transmitter becoming the first to broadcast
as a ham radio operator.
March 23 - Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa.
The trip was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
March 31 - Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
April 6 - Robert Peary allegedly reaches the North Pole.
April 27 - Sultan of Turkey Abdul Hamid II is overthrown, and is succeeded by his brother,
June 1 - The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle.
June 15 - Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lords and
form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
July 13 - Gold discovered near Cochrane, Ontario.
July 25 - Louis Bleriot is the first man to fly across the English Channel in a
September 9 - Comet Halley first recorded on a photographic plate.
November 13 - Ballinger-Pinchot scandal begins: Collier's magazine accuses US Secretary
of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.
November 18 - Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries
(including two Americans) are executed by order of dictator Jose Santos Zelaya.
Change of US president from Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) to William Howard
Albert I of Belgium succeeds Leopold II.
The Boy Scouts of America is founded.
Construction begins on the Cape Cod Canal.
Karl Landsteiner develops system of blood groups.
Leon's, a Canadian furniture chain is first opened.
Britain introduces Minimum Wage Laws.Year in topic
1909 in aviation
Sophie Tucker first appears in the Ziegfeld Follies.
1909 in film
Thomas Edison formed the Motion Picture Patents Company.
Mary Pickford first appears in a film (The Lonely Villa).Births
January 1 - Barry Goldwater
, American politician (d. 1998).
January 3 - Victor Borge
, Danish entertainer (d. 2000).
January 5 - Stephen Cole Kleene
, American mathematician (d. 1994).
January 8 - Willy Millowitsch
, actor (d. 1999).
January 15 - Gene Krupa
, drummer (d. 1973).
January 16 - Ethel Merman
, singer, actress (d. 1984).
January 22 - U Thant
, 3rd United Nations Secretary General (d. 1974).
January 22 - Ann Sothern
, actress (d. 2001).
February 3 - Simone Weil
, philosopher (d. 1943).
February 9 - Dean Rusk
, United States Secretary of State (d. 1994).
February 9 - Carmen Miranda
, actress, singer (d. 1955).
February 11 - Joseph Mankiewicz
, filmmaker (d. 1993).
February 11 - Max Baer
(The Livermore Larruper), American boxer/actor (d. 1959).
February 15 - Guillermo Gorostiza Paredes
, Spanish football player (d. 1966).
February 15 - Miep Gies
(Hermine Santrouschitz), Anne Frank friend, biographer.
February 24 - August Derleth
, American writer (d. 1971).
February 26 - King Talal
, King of Jordan (d.1972).
March 1 - David Niven
, actor (d. 1983).
March 2 - Mel Ott
, Baseball Hall of Famer.
March 4 - Harry Helmsley
, real estate entrepreneur (d. 1997).
March 19 - Louis Hayward
, actor (d. 1985).
March 22 - Gabrielle Roy
, author (d. 1983).
March 24 - Clyde Barrow
, half of American criminal duo (d. 1934).
March 27 - Golo Mann
, historian and publicist (d. 1994).
April 13 - Stanislaw Marcin Ulam
, Polish/American mathematician (d. 1984).
April 30 - Juliana
of the Netherlands.
May 7 - Edwin H. Land
, inventor and founder of Polaroid (d. 1991).
May 10 - Mother Maybelle Carter
, country musician.
May 15 - James Mason
, British actor (d. 1984).
May 19 - Bruce Bennett
May 30 - Benny Goodman
, American jazz musician (d. 1986).
June 17 - Elmer Lee Andersen
, governor of Minnesota.
June 20 - Errol Flynn
, Australian actor (d. 1959).
July 18 - Mohammed Daoud Khan
, Afghan president (d. 1978).
July 28 - Malcolm Lowry
, British novelist (d. 1957).
July 30 - C. Northcote Parkinson
, British historian and author (d. 1993).
August 9 - Adam von Trott zu Solz
, lawyer, diplomat (d. 1944).
August 25 - Ruby Keeler
, singer, actress (d. 1993).
August 26 - Jim Davis
, actor (d. 1981).
September 14 - Peter Scott
, British ornithologist and painter (d. 1989).
September 21 - Kwame Nkrumah
, Ghanian politician (d. 1972).
September 28 - Al Capp
, American cartoonist (d. 1979).
October 14 - Bernd Rosemeyer
, race car driver (d. 1938).
October 28 - Francis Bacon
, British painter (d. 1992).
November 4 - Skeeter Webb
, Professional Baseball Player (d. 1986).
November 10 - Pawel Jasienica
, Polish historian (d. 1970).
November 18 - Johnny Mercer
, American songwriter (d. 1976).
November 24 - Gerhard Gentzen
, German mathematician (d. 1945).
December 23 - Barney Ross
, American boxing champion (d. 1967).Giulio Racah
, Italian mathematician and physicist (d. 1965).Deaths
January 12 - Hermann Minkowski
, German mathematician.
January 14 - Arthur William a Beckett
, British journalist.
April 12 - Algernon Charles Swinburne
, British poet.
May 19 - Isaac Albéniz
, Spanish composer.
July 13 - Jan Jacobus van den Houten
August 27 - Emil Christian Hansen
, Danish fermentation physiologist.
December 17 - Leopold II
of Belgium.To my Homepage