On This Day

What Happened in September 1933

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Yevgeniy Abalakov reaches the highest point of the Soviet Union - Communism Peak (7495 m)
  • Sep 4 1st airplane to exceed 300 mph (483 kph), JR Wendell, Glenview, Il

Coup d'état

Sep 4 Coup against Cuban president Carlos Manuel de Céspedes y Quesada by Fulgencio Batista

Historic Event

Sep 8 Second Spanish government of Manuel Azaña forms

  • Sep 10 1st Negro League All-Star Game, West beats East 11-7 (Comiskey Park)
  • Sep 10 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry robs Australian Jack Crawford of his Grand Slam chance; wins final 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
  • Sep 11 Antwerps Sportpaleis, the largest indoor arena in Europe opens; renovated 2010-13
  • Sep 12 Alejandro Lerroux forms new Spanish government
  • Sep 12 Dutch parliament accepts ban on uniforms

Historic Event

Sep 12 Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives idea of a nuclear chain reaction

  • Sep 13 Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first New Zealand woman Member of Parliament
  • Sep 14 2 billion board feet of lumber destroyed in Tillamook Oregon fire
  • Sep 19 NY Giants clinch the pennant
  • Sep 20 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • Sep 21 Trial against Marinus der Lubbe opens
  • Sep 23 MLB New York Yankees commit 5 errors (3 by shortstop Frankie Crosetti), but beat Red Sox 16-12 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Sep 25 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia
  • Sep 25 5th "extermination campaign" begins against communists in Nanjing and Jiangxi province, China
  • Sep 26 Sidney Kingsley's "Men in White" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 29 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debuts
  • Sep 30 Berlin/Hart/Heyman/Myers ballet "As Thousands Cheer," premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], American country and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Linda On My Mind"; "There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)"), born in Friars Point, Mississippi (d. 1993)
  • Sep 1 Ann W. Richards, Lakeview Texas, American politician
  • Sep 1 Marshall Lytle, American Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), born in Old Fort, North Carolina (d. 2013)
  • Sep 1 Gene Harris [Haire], American soul-jazz pianist (The Three Sounds), born in Benton Harbor, Michigan (d. 2000)
  • Sep 2 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), born in Kouarfa, French Dahomey (d. 2015)
  • Sep 2 Rick Lewis, American doo-wop tenor (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Sep 3 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, born in Reutlingen (d. 2011)
  • Sep 3 Tompall Glaser, American singer (Glaser Brothers - "Getting To Me Again"), born in Spalding, Nebraska (d. 2013)
  • Sep 3 Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), born in Port Mourant, British Guyana (d. 2019)
  • Sep 4 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1988)
  • Sep 5 Vincent McDermott, American composer, born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Sep 5 Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Chilean catholic archbishop, born in Santiago, Chile
  • Sep 8 Eric Salzman, American composer (New Musical Theater), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • Sep 8 Asha Bhonsle, Indian playback singer, born in Sangli, British India
  • Sep 8 Paul M. Fleiss, American pediatrician; father of Heidi Fleiss
  • Sep 8 Michael Frayn, English playwright (Copenhagen), born in Mill Hill, England
  • Sep 10 David Rowland, English real estate developer/broker/multi-millionaire
  • Sep 10 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 5), born in Prudy, Tula Oblast, Soviet Union (d. 2000)
  • Sep 10 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2019) birth date disputed
  • Sep 11 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • Sep 12 Stafford Heginbotham, British toymaker (Tebro Toys) and Football Club Chairman
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Doronina, Russian actress, born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Sep 13 Eileen Fulton, American actress (Our Private World), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Sep 14 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in Modesto, California (d. 2009)
  • Sep 14 Zoe Caldwell, Australian actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Sep 15 Henry Darrow [Enrique Delgado], American stage and screen character actor (The High Chaparral; Harry O; The New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC (d. 2021)
  • Sep 15 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor, born in Burgos, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Sep 16 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • Sep 17 Chuck Grassley, American (Sen-R-Iowa, 1981- ), born in New Hartford, Iowa
  • Sep 17 Desmond Fennell, British high court judge, born in Sheffield, England (d. 2011)
  • Sep 17 Pat Crowley, American actress (Money from Home, There's Always Tomorrow, Please Don't Eat the Daisies), born in Olyphant, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 18 (James Frederick) "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), born in Camas, Washington (d. 2021)
  • Sep 18 Manfred Niehaus, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2013)
  • Sep 18 Robert Blake, American actor (Baretta, Little Rascals, Coast to Coast), born in Nutley, New Jersey
  • Sep 18 Robert "Bob" Bennett, American politician (U.S. Senator from Utah, 1993-2011), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2016)

Scotty Bowman

Sep 18 Scotty Bowman, NHL player and coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • Sep 18 Valentina Ponomaryova, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 6 backup), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 18 Fred Willard, American comedian and actor (Best In Show, Everyone Loves Raymond), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • Sep 19 David McCallum, Scottish-American actor (Ilyla Kuryakin-Man From UNCLE), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 20 Bob Banas, American choreographer (Malibu U, Jonathan Winters Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 20 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1999)
  • Sep 20 Máté Fenyvesi, Hungarian soccer forward (76 caps; Ferencváros 343 games) and politician (MP 1998-2006), born in Jánoshalma, Hungary (d. 2022)
  • Sep 22 Leonardo Balada, Catalan American composer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Sep 24 Catherine Hughes [Pestell], British principal (Somerville College Oxford), born in County Durham, England (d. 2014)
  • Sep 24 Mel Taylor, American rock drummer (The Ventures - "Walk, Don't Run"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • Sep 25 Adolfo Suárez, Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81), born in Cebreros, Spanish Republic (d. 2014)
  • Sep 25 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2008)
  • Sep 25 Ian Tyson, Canadian singer-songwriter (Ian & Sylvia), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Sep 25 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 25 Arthur Duncan, American tap dancer (The Lawrence Welk Show, 1964-82), born in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 26 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), born in Pride, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Sep 27 Kathleen Nolan, American actress (Real McCoys, Janie, Broadside), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 27 Will Sampson, American actor (d. 1987)
  • Sep 27 Rodney Cotterill, Danish-English physicist (d. 2007)
  • Sep 28 Madeleine M Kunin, Switzerland (Gov-D-Vt), 1st Jewish gov of Vermont
  • Sep 28 Miguel Berrocal, Sculptor (d. 2006)
  • Sep 29 Samora Machel, President of Mozambique (1975-86), born in Gaza Province, Mozambique (d. 1986)
  • Sep 30 Mars Zakirovich Rafikov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Sep 30 Emily "Cissy" Houston [née Drinkard], American soul and gospel singer, and Whitney's mother, born in Newark, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

Sam Giancana

Sep 23 American gangster Sam Giancana (25) weds Angeline DeTolve

  • Sep 28 Sally Eilers weds Harry Joe Brown

Greer Garson

Sep 28 Actress Greer Garson (29) weds first husband Edward Snelson (29)

Lou Gehrig

Sep 29 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig (30) weds Eleanor Twitchell in New Rochelle, New York


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 7 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon and Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 71
  • Sep 8 Faysal I of Iraq, King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria (1920–1933) & King of Iraq (1921–1933), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Sep 16 George Gore, American baseball player, dies at 79
  • Sep 17 Joseph De Piro, Maltese founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, dies at 55
  • Sep 20 Annie Besant, English social reformer and supporter of Indian independence, dies at 85
  • Sep 21 Eduard van Oort, Dutch ornithologist (Ornithology of Netherlands), dies at 56
  • Sep 24 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 55
  • Sep 24 Alice Muriel Williamson, British novelist (b. 1869)
  • Sep 25 Paul Ehrenfest, Austrian-Dutch theoretical physicist (phase transition, Ehrenfest theorem), dies at 53
  • Sep 25 Ring Lardner, American writer (b. 1885)
  • Sep 29 Margaret Talmadge, American actress, dies at 72