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 WW I, 15th World Series begins a month early
  • Sep 5 Decree "On Red Terror" is published in Russia
  • Sep 9 Dutch government of Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms
  • Sep 10 Players on both sides threaten to strike the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & $1,000 each for the losers
  • Sep 11 Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 15th World Series
  • 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 scored 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 and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)

Person of interestPaul Harvey

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

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • 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 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 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 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 Potter, composer
  • Sep 22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (Die Weisse Rose)
  • Sep 22 Henryk Szeryng, Zelazowa Wola Poland, violinist (Brahms Concerto)
  • 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)
  • Sep 25 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster and MLB shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), 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, composer
  • Sep 30 Lewis Nixon, WWII Veteran (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 17 Abbott and Costello's Bud Abbott (22) weds Betty Smith

Comedian and Actor Bud Abbott
Comedian and Actor
Bud Abbott

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)