1909 in Italy

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Events from the year 1909 in Italy.

Kingdom of Italy[edit]


Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, author of the Futurist Manifesto

The poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti publishes the Manifesto of Futurism (Italian: Manifesto del Futurismo) and initiates an artistic philosophy, Futurism, rejecting the past, and celebrating speed, machinery, violence, youth and industry; it also advocates the modernization and cultural rejuvenation of Italy. In February 1909 the manifesto was published in one of Europe's main newspapers, Le Figaro.[1]


The government struggles to get relief aid to Messina and Calabria after the earthquake on December 28, 1908.[2]



  • October 24 – At the Italian city of Racconigi, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was hosted by King Victor Emmanuel III. The foreign ministers the two nations, Tommaso Tittoni and Aleksandr Izvolsky, exchanged diplomatic notes on an informal agreement, known as the Racconigi Bargain, for Russia and Italy to support each other's interests in the Balkans and in the Ottoman Empire.[4] Italy and the Russian Empire concluded another agreement with Austro-Hungarian Empire a few days later disregarding this agreement.



Naples FBC wins the first Lipton Challenge Cup , a football competition competed between clubs from Southern Italy and Sicily.[5]




  1. ^ Clark, Modern Italy: 1871 to the present, p. 209
  2. ^ Homeless Ones Fight For Food; Few Get Relief, The New York Times, January 2, 1909
  3. ^ Italian Ministry Wins In Elections; Premier Giolitti Gets Large Majority in New Chamber of Deputies Chosen, The New York Times, March 8, 1909
  4. ^ Childs, Italo-Turkish Diplomacy and the War Over Libya, 1911–1912, pp. 8–11
  5. ^ Lipton Challenge Cup by Roberto Quartarone on RSSSF