What Happened in September 2008

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 54th National Film Awards (India): "Pulijanmam" wins the Golden Lotus

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 4 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
  • Sep 7 The US Government takes control of the two largest largest mortgage financing companies in the US, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Music awardsMusic Awards

Sep 7 25th MTV Video Music Awards: Britney Spears & Chris Brown win

Singer Chris Brown
Chris Brown
Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Sep 8 Latvia joins its northern neighbor Estonia in recession as GDP falls 0.2% in the second quarter from the first quarter, when it fell 0.3%; property markets and construction have suffered in both Baltic states

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 128th Men's U.S. Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (6-2, 7-5, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 128th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Jelena Jankovic (6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 10 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sep 13 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Sep 13 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 Rentrer en soi announces that they would be breaking up.
  • Sep 17 The IAU named another dwarf planet, Haumea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Greg Maddux pitches his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 21 Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.
  • Sep 21 President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.
  • Sep 21 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.
  • Sep 21 The final home game is played at Yankee Stadium against the Baltimore Orioles.

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 21 60th Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win

  • Sep 21 37th Ryder Cup: US wins 16.5-11.5 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sep 25 China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
  • Sep 25 The "Celtic Tiger" slides into recession for the first time in over two decades, recording a 0.5% fall in second quarter GDP, following a 0.3% decline in the first quarter; its last recession in 1983 saw thousands of people leave Ireland to seek work overseas
  • Sep 26 Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel.
  • Sep 27 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
  • Sep 27 Greg Maddux wins his final start of his career (#355)
  • Sep 28 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
  • Sep 29 Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, its largest single-day point loss, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 29 Emma Tallulah Behn, member of the extended Norwegian royal family

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 6 Singer KT Tunstall (33) weds drummer Luke Bullen in a marquee overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Skye
  • Sep 13 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedian actress Susie Essman (53) weds real-estate broker Jim Harder (51) at the Friars Club in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • Sep 19 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica
  • Sep 22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Sep 27 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California
  • Sep 28 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • Sep 2 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • Sep 3 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator, led 4th Fighter Group during World War II. (b.1918)
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, silent film vixen, last living attendee of the 1st Annual Academy Awards, (b. 1910)
  • Sep 7 Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 8 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • Sep 9 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
  • Sep 12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • Sep 14 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, English singer/songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • Sep 23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 24 Mickey Vernon, American baseball player (b. 1918)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (b. 1925)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • Sep 28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • Sep 30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singapore Opposition Leader & former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party (b. 1926)