On This Day

What Happened in September 1918

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 US troops land in Vladivostok, Siberia, stay until 1920
  • Sep 1 Battle of Megiddo starts, the final Allied offense during Sinai and Palestine campaign won by the Allies
  • Sep 3 5 soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot (or Camp Logan riot); in all 19 mutineers were executed.
  • Sep 3 Allies forced Germans back across Hindenburg Line
  • Sep 3 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Robert Lindley Murray successfully defends title; beats Bill Tilden 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
  • Sep 4 Jhr Ch Ruys de Beerenbrouck becomes 1st Dutch Catholic premier
  • Sep 4 US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay 10 months
  • Sep 5 Due to WWI, 15th Baseball World Series begins a month early; Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago Cubs, 1-0 at Comiskey Park
  • Sep 5 Decree "On Red Terror" is published in Russia
  • Sep 9 Dutch government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
  • Sep 10 Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs players threaten to boycott the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & $1,000 each for the losers
  • Sep 11 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 2-1 at Fenway Park for 4-2 series win; Sox 5th WS title
  • Sep 12 WWI: US forces launch an attack on German-occupied St Mihiel
  • Sep 13 Train accident at Weesp Neth, kills 42
  • Sep 14 WWI: Austria-Hungary sends a note to the Allies requesting peace discussions, but the Allies reject the offer
  • Sep 20 Royal Dutch Blast furnace & Steel factory opens in Hague
  • Sep 26 Beginning of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, more than 1 million American soldiers in the largest and most costly offensive of WWI
  • Sep 29 WWI: Allied forces score a decisive breakthrough of Hindenburg Line

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, author (Advise & Consent-1960 Pulitzer Prize)
  • Sep 2 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], wife of Attorney General John Mitchell, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Sep 3 Helen Wagner, American actress (Mister Peepers, As The World Turns), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 2010)
  • Sep 4 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher, born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)

Paul Harvey

Sep 4 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and Radio Broadcaster (Rest of the story), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2009)

  • Sep 4 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • Sep 5 Luis Alcoriza, Mexican screenwriter, film director, and actor, born in Badajoz, Mexico (d. 1992)
  • Sep 7 Robin Lorimer, Scottish publisher (New Testament from Greek into Scots), born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
  • Sep 7 Carolyn Cudone, American golfer (US Senior Women's Amateur 1968-72; most consecutive wins in any USGA championship), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Derek Barton, British organic chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1969), born in Gravesend, Kent (d. 1998)
  • Sep 8 John F. Seiberling, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1971-86), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Sep 8 Sarah Cunningham, American actress (Trapper John, M.D. - "Nurse Andrews"), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1986)
  • Sep 9 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Sep 9 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian President (1992-99), born in Novara, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Sep 10 Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog who was a Hollywood star (Where the North Begins) (d. 1932)
  • Sep 11 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, born in Fairport Harbor, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Sep 13 Ray Charles, American orchestra leader (Perry Como), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Sep 14 Jack Somack, American actor (Ball Four, The Frisco Kid, Stockard Channing Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • Sep 14 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • Sep 15 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Sep 16 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], politician (C), born in Castleford, West Yorkshire (d. 2004)
  • Sep 17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Sep 18 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), born in Hebron, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • Sep 20 Margaret "Peg" Phillips, American actress (Northern Exposure, ER, Suddenly Susan), born in Everett, Washington (d. 2002)
  • Sep 21 Rand Brooks [Arlington Rand Brooks Jr.], American actor (Gone With The Wind; Rin Tin Tin), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • Sep 22 (Archibald James) "A.J." Potter, Irish composer (Finnegan's Wake), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1980)
  • Sep 22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose) (d. 1943)
  • Sep 22 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-Mexican violinist (Brahms Concerto), born in, Zelazowa Wola, Poland (d. 1988)
  • Sep 24 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company, The Relic, Ropers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Sep 24 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), born in Leeds, England (d. 2014)

Phil Rizzuto

Sep 25 Phil Rizzuto, American Baseball HOF shortstop (5 x MLB All-Star, 7 x World Series; AL MVP 1950; NY Yankees) and broadcaster (WCBS radio, WPIX-TV), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)

  • Sep 26 Humphrey van Loo, Dutch news director (ANP/Reuter)
  • Sep 27 James McCallion, Scottish actor (Coogan's Bluff, Vera Cruz), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1991)
  • Sep 27 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2001)
  • Sep 27 Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
  • Sep 28 Arnold Stang, American comedian and actor (Broadside, Milton Berle, Top Cat), born in New York City (d. 2009)
  • Sep 29 Don Castle, American actor (Born to Speed, Tombstone, Motor Patrol), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1966)
  • Sep 29 Harold Laurence Walters, American composer, born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1984)
  • Sep 30 Lewis Nixon, WWII Veteran (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

Bud Abbott

Sep 17 Abbott and Costello straight man Bud Abbott (22) weds Betty Smith

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Fanya Kaplan, Russian who shot at Lenin on Aug 30th, executed at 28
  • Sep 12 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1845)
  • Sep 18 Ernest Farrar, English composer and musician, dies at 33
  • Sep 19 Liza Lehmann, English composer, dies at 56
  • Sep 25 John Ireland, Irish-American archbishop of St Paul (1888-1918), dies at 80
  • Sep 25 Mikhail Alekseev, Russian general (b. 1857)
  • Sep 28 Georg Simmel, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1858)
  • Sep 28 Freddie Stowers, American soldier (b. 1896)