Jack the Ripper claims his first victim, Coca-Cola makes its European debut, Jimi Hendrix rocks in the early morning hours at the Isle of Wight, and the "People's Princess" dies in a car crash, all on this day.
1909: Benjamin Shibe receives a U.S. patent on the cork center baseball (No. 932,911). A partner in the A.J. Reach sporting goods company, Shibe invented the machinery that made possible the manufacture of standard baseballs. Shibe was also president of the Philadelphia Athletics and their new ballpark was named Shibe Park in his honor when it opened in 1909.