What Happened in September 1999

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 56th Venice Film Festival: "Yi ge dou bu neng shao" directed by Zhang Yimou wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 7 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
  • Sep 8 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 8 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 9 16th MTV Video Music Awards: Lauryn Hill & Will Smith win

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Actor Will Smith
Will Smith
  • Sep 12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • Sep 12 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 119th Men's U.S. Open: Andre Agassi beats Todd Martin (6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 119th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 13 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Sep 14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • Sep 16 1st ever season of "Big Brother" reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands
  • Sep 18 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 21 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 22 33rd Country Music Association Award: Shania Twain, Martina McBride & Tim McGraw wins

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 22 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • Sep 23 Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
  • Sep 26 33rd Ryder Cup: US wins 14.5-13.5 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, US
  • Sep 30 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 29 Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 "The Steve Harvey Show" actor Cedric The Entertainer (35) weds Lorna Wells (33)
  • Sep 11 Actress Jenny McCarthy (26) weds actor-director John Mallory Asher (28) in the Crystal Gardens at the Beverly Hills Hotel

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 19 Chinese martial artist Jet Li (36) weds actress Nina Li Chi (37) in Los Angeles

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Sep 26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 W. Richard Stevens, Zambian computer scientist (b. 1951)
  • Sep 5 Allen Funt, American radio and television personality (b. 1914)
  • Sep 5 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician (b. 1921)
  • Sep 6 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • Sep 8 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (b. 1916)
  • Sep 9 Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • Sep 9 Ruth Roman, American actress (b. 1922)
  • Sep 9 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • Sep 10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 11 Belkis Ayón, Cuban artist (b. 1967)
  • Sep 11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • Sep 14 Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
  • Sep 17 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 19 Ed Cobb, American musician, song-writer and producer (Tainted Love), dies at 61
  • Sep 20 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • Sep 20 Robert Lebel, Quebec ice hockey administrator (b. 1905)
  • Sep 22 George C. Scott, American actor (Dr. Strangelove), dies of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm at 71
  • Sep 22 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • Sep 23 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • Sep 25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer, dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • Sep 30 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86