Calendar for September 1st, 2013

Month of SeptemberSeptember comes from the Latin word septem, meaning "seven," because it was the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.

Died 1557: Jacques Cartier (explorer)

Died 1715: Louis XIV, King of France

1730: Deborah Read Rogers became the common-law wife of Ben Franklin

Born 1792: Chester Harding (painter)

Born 1795: James Gordon Bennet (founder of New York Herald)

1836: Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrived at Walla Walla, Washington

Born 1854: Engelbert Humperdinck (composer)

Born 1866: James J. Corbett (boxer)

1869: At a convention of nondrinkers in Chicago the Prohibition Party is born

Born 1875: Edgar Rice Burroughs (writer; Tarzan author)

Born 1877: Francis William Aston (chemist, discovered isotopes)

1878: The first woman, Miss Emma Nutt, was hired by the Telephone Dispatch Company in Boston, Massachusetts. Before Miss Nutt's employment, young men served as operators, but their rudeness to telephone subscribers caused the company owners to replace them with women

Born 1900: Don Wilson (entertainer)

1905: Saskatchewan became a province of Canada

1905: Alberta became a province of Canada

1914: The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden in Ohio

Born 1923: Rocky Marciano (boxer)

Born 1933: Conway Twitty (country music singer)

Born 1935: Seiji Ozawa (orchestra conductor)

Born 1936: Lily Tomlin (actress)

Born 1944: Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

Born 1946: Barry Gibb (singer, member of the Bee Gees)

Born 1957: Gloria Estefan (musician)

1972: Bobby Fischer became the first American to hold the world chess title by defeating Soviet player, Boris Spassky

Born 1973: J. D. Fortune (singer)

Born 1975: Scott Speedman (actor)

Died 1977: Ethel Waters (singer)

1985: Remains of the R.M.S. Titanic luxury liner discovered 12,400' deep, 230 miles south of Nova Scotia

Died 2002: Martin Kamen (co-discovered the radioactive isotope carbo-14)