What Happened in September 1931

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 4 days & his 6th HR in consecutive games
  • Sep 10 Lord Cecil of British government says War was never so improbable
  • Sep 10 51st U.S. Men's National Championship: Ellsworth Vines beats George Lott (7-9, 6-3, 9-7, 7-5)

MurderMurder of Interest

Sep 11 Salvatore Maranzano is murdered by Charles Luciano's hitmen.

  • Sep 13 Capt G H Stainworth flies world speed record (655 kph)
  • Sep 13 Right-radical coup of Dr Pfrimer fails in Austria
  • Sep 15 British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts
  • Sep 15 Philadelphia A's clinch pennant, beating Cleveland
  • Sep 16 Blimp is moored to Empire State Building (NYC)
  • Sep 16 St Louis Cards repeat as NL champions with a 6-3 win over Phillies
  • Sep 17 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed
  • Sep 17 Operetta "Victoria & Her Husband" premieres in London
  • Sep 17 Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles
  • Sep 18 To create a pretext for the invasion of Manchuria, China, a railway explosion is faked by the Japanese
  • Sep 19 14th PGA Championship: Tom Creavy at Wannamoisett CC Rumford RI
  • Sep 19 Japanese troops conquer Mukden, South Manchuria
  • Sep 19 Lefty Grove wins his 30th game of season over White Sox, 2-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Sep 21 Britain abandons gold standard; pound devalues 20%
  • Sep 22 Coalition Government forms in New Zealand to combat the Depression (their lack of success led to the election of the First Labour Government in 1935)
  • Sep 24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • Sep 27 Lou Gehrig completes his 6th straight season, playing in every game (.3486) Jim Bottomley (.3481)
  • Sep 27 Closest NL batting race ends Chick Hafey (.3488) beats Bill Terry's
  • Sep 28 200,000 demonstrators demand declaration of war on Japan in Peking
  • Sep 30 Start of "Die Voortrekkers" youth movement for Afrikaners in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Sep 1 Matthew J Rinaldo, (Rep-R-NJ, 1973- )
  • Sep 1 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), born in Carnforth, North Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • Sep 2 Alan K Simpson, minority whip (Sen-R-WY, 1979- )
  • Sep 2 Pierre Huyskens, Dutch radio host
  • Sep 3 Dick Motta, NBA coach (856 wins, Its not over 'til the fat lady sings)
  • Sep 3 Rudolf Kelterborn, composer
  • Sep 3 Albert DeSalvo, The Boston Strangler (d. 1973)
  • Sep 4 Mitzi Gaynor, American actress/singer/dancer (Anything Goes, South Pacific), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 6 Sander M Levin, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1983- )
  • Sep 7 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette)
  • Sep 7 Charles Camilleri, composer
  • Sep 7 Cornelis de Wine, graphic artist
  • Sep 8 John Garrett, British politician (d. 2007)
  • Sep 10 Philip Baker Hall, American actor
  • Sep 11 Hans-Ulrich Wehler, German historian
  • Sep 12 George Jones, American country singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Sep 12 Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien), born in Ilford Essex
  • Sep 12 Kristin Hunter, African-American author (God Bless the Child), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Sep 13 Barbara Bain, Chic, actress (Cinnamon-Mission Impossible, Space 1999)
  • Sep 13 Marjorie Jackson, Australia, sprinter (Olympic gold 1952) [or Feb 13]
  • Sep 16 Jan Johansson, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 17 Anne Bancroft, actress (Graduate, Miracle Worker), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2005)

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • Sep 19 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • Sep 19 Ray Danton, American actor/director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Jean-Claude Carrière, French screenwriter and actor
  • Sep 20 Cherd Songsri, Thai filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • Sep 21 Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • Sep 22 Fay Weldon, British feminist
  • Sep 22 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (d. 2003)
  • Sep 22 Manzoor Ahmad, Pakistani philosopher
  • Sep 23 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • Sep 23 Gerald Stairs Merrithew, Canadian educator (d. 2004)
  • Sep 24 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)
  • Sep 24 Brian Glanville, author/journalist
  • Sep 24 Cardiss Collins, (Rep-D-Illinois, 1973-97), (d. 2013)
  • Sep 25 Patrick WIlliam Walker, British astrologer
  • Sep 25 Manouchehr Atashi, Iranian poet (d. 2005)
  • Sep 26 Donald J Pease, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
  • Sep 26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • Sep 26 Vijay Manjrekar, cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman)
  • Sep 27 Gerald Warner, deputy secretary (Cabinet Office)
  • Sep 27 Freddy Quinn, Austrian singer
  • Sep 28 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist

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Sep 29 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 2014)

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • Sep 29 E S Orr Ewing, Lord-Lieutenant of Wigtown
  • Sep 29 Eddie Barth, actor (Shaft, Simon & Simon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 29 James Cronin, nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Sep 29 Joseph M. McDade, (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • Sep 30 Angie Dickinson, [Angeline Brown], Kulm ND, actress (Police Woman)
  • Sep 30 Ray Willsey, Regina Sask, WLAF def coordinator (Frankfurt, Scotland)

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 26 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg marries Freiin Nina von Lerchenfeld

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 5 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • Sep 9 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist dies at 86
  • Sep 10 Alfonso Randano, composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 10 Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1869)
  • Sep 11 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Hazrat Babajan, a Baloch Muslim saint (b. c. 1806)
  • Sep 20 Sam Morris, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1884), dies