What Happened in September 2004

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 The Beslan school hostage crisis begins when armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia.
  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3 The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
  • Sep 7 Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.
  • Sep 8 The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
  • Sep 9 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 11 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 124th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt (6-0, 7-6, 6-0)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Sep 12 124th Women's U.S. Open: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Elena Dementieva (6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.
  • Sep 17 Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Barry Bonds hits his 700th career home run

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Sep 18 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader & Allison Janney win
  • Sep 19 35th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 18.5-9.5 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, US
  • Sep 21 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • Sep 21 Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
  • Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US
  • Sep 23 At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
  • Sep 29 The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth.
  • Sep 29 The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize.
  • Sep 30 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo.
  • Sep 30 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 4 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone (27) weds Kelly Baldwin (27) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • Sep 24 Former "Baywatch" actor Michael Bergin (35) weds makeup artist Joy Tilk (34) at Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai, Hawaii

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 Academy Award winning actor Kevin Costner (49) weds model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner (30) at his 165-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
  • Sep 2 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 2 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)
  • Sep 3 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke), dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player (b. 1971)
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (b. 1929)
  • Sep 4 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Sep 8 Frank Thomas, American animator (b. 1913)
  • Sep 9 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
  • Sep 11 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria (b. 1949)
  • Sep 11 Fred Ebb, American lyricist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 David Mann, U.S. artist (b. 1939)
  • Sep 12 Kenny Buttrey, American influential drummer, dies at 59
  • Sep 12 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15 Johnny Ramone, American lead guitarist of the punk rock band The Ramones

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • Sep 15 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 16 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • Sep 18 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • Sep 18 Russ Meyer, American film director (b. 1922)
  • Sep 19 Eddie Adams, American photographer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 19 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • Sep 19 Skeeter Davis, American singer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • Sep 20 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • Sep 21 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • Sep 21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Sep 22 Ray Traylor (The Big Boss Man), American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Sep 23 André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1918)
  • Sep 24 Françoise Sagan, French writer (b. 1935)
  • Sep 26 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • Sep 27 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • Sep 28 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (b. 1924)
  • Sep 28 Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
  • Sep 28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider (b. 1970)
  • Sep 30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)