What Happened in September 1934

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 SMJK Sam Tet was founded by Father Fourgs from the St. Michael Church, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
  • Sep 1 Spelling-Marchand Laws enforced
  • Sep 3 Tunisia began its move for independence

Sports History

Sep 4 Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 149 not out in just 104 minutes (17 fours, 4 sixes) in drawn tour match v England XI at Folkestone

  • Sep 8 Luxury passenger ship Morro Castle bound for New Jersey catches fire, 133 die
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivonen becomes 1st European marathoner (2:52:29.0)
  • Sep 9 G Kaufman & M Hart's "Merrily We Roll Along" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released
  • Sep 12 Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania signs Baltic Entente, against USSR
  • Sep 12 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Englishman Fred Perry retains title; beats Wilmer Allison of the US 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6

Sports History

Sep 13 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis sells World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000

Album Release

Sep 17 RCA Victor releases 1st 33 1/3 rpm recording - Beethoven's Fifth Symphony performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Leopold Stokowski at the Philadelphia Academy of Music

  • Sep 17 USSR joins League of Nations (Netherland, Switzerland & Portugal vote no)
  • Sep 18 St Louis Brown Bobo Newsom loses no-hitter to Boston in 10, 2-1
  • Sep 18 USSR admitted to League of Nations
  • Sep 19 Bruno Haptmann arrested for kidnapping Lindbergh baby
  • Sep 21 St Louis Cardinals pitching Dean brothers shut-out Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader; Dizzy, in a 13-0 rout and Paul, with a 3-0 no-hitter
  • Sep 21 Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000
  • Sep 22 An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers

Sports History

Sep 24 2,500 fans see Babe Ruth's farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium

  • Sep 24 Idle Detroit wins pennant, as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-0

Historic Event

Sep 25 John Van Druten's "Distaff Side" premieres in NYC

Sports History

Sep 25 Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,500th consecutive game

  • Sep 25 Rainbow (US) beats Endeavour (England) in 16th America's Cup
  • Sep 26 British ocean liner RMS Queen Mary is launched; "wins" Blue Riband for fastest passenger crossing of Atlantic, 1936 & 1938-52; retired in 1967, permanently moored and converted to a hotel in Long Beach, California

Film Release

Sep 28 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

  • Sep 30 Babe Ruth's final game as a Yankee, goes 0 for 3
  • Sep 30 Charley O'Leary becomes the oldest person at 58 to get a hit in the majors
  • Sep 30 St Louis Card clinch pennant as Dizzy Dean wins his 30th of year

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Terepai Maoate, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (1999-2002), (d. 2012)
  • Sep 2 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, born in Potsdam Germany (d. 2015)
  • Sep 2 Michael Sahl, American contemporary classical composer (Civilization and its Discontents; Jungles), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Sep 3 Freddie King, American blues singer ("Hideaway"; "Have You Ever Loved A Woman"), born in Gilmer, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Sep 3 Xavier Darasse, French organist and composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1992)
  • Sep 4 Carlos Timoteo Griguol, Argentine soccer midfielder (Atlanta, Rosario Central) and manager (Ferro Carril Oeste, Real Betis, River Plate), born in Las Palmas, Argentina (d. 2021)

Clive Granger

Sep 4 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2009)

  • Sep 5 Carol Lawrence, American actress (West Side Story), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Sep 6 Jody McCrea, American actor (Ben Matheson-Wichita Town), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • Sep 6 Ragaa al-Gedawy, Egyptian actress (The Stranger), born in Ismailia, Egypt (d. 2020)
  • Sep 7 Bill Giles, American baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies 1981-2013; honorary National League President), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 7 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist ("We're Gonna Make It"; "Grits Ain't Groceries"), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • Sep 7 Mary Bauermeister, German artist, born in Frankfurt
  • Sep 7 Omar Karami, Prime Minister of Lebanon (1990-92, 2004-05), born in An Nouri (d. 2015)
  • Sep 8 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), born in Manchester, England (d. 2016)
  • Sep 8 Rodrigue Biron, Canadian politician, born in Sainte-Croix, Quebec
  • Sep 9 Sonia Sanchez, US playwright/poet (The Bronx is Next)
  • Sep 10 Charles Kuralt, American newscaster (On the Road), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • Sep 10 James L Oberstar, American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1975-2011), born in Chisholm, Minnesota, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 10 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China
  • Sep 10 Maxie Anderson, American hot air balloonist (1st Trans-Atlantic crossing, 1978' 1st Trans-North America crossing, 1980; 1st Trans-Pacific crossing, 1981;), born in Sayre, Oklahoma (d. 1983)

Roger Maris

Sep 10 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

  • Sep 10 Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgarian composer, born in Rousse
  • Sep 11 Ian Abercrombie, English actor (Birds of Prey, Desperate Housewives), born in Grays, Essex, England (d. 2012)
  • Sep 11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Edward Wistenberg, Dutch concert harpist and pedagogue, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • Sep 12 Gunther Gebel-Williams, animal trainer and lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus), born in Świdnica, Poland (d. 2001)
  • Sep 12 Jaegwon Kim, Korean-born American philosopher, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Sep 13 Bill Woolsey, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 4×200m freestyle relay 1952, silver 1956), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2022)
  • Sep 14 Dicky Moegle, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All-American 1954, Rice; Pro Bowl 1955, SF 49ers), born in Taylor, Texas (d. 2021)
  • Sep 14 Hans Faverey, Dutch poet, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1990)
  • Sep 14 Kate Millett, American feminist and author (Sexual Politics), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2017)
  • Sep 14 Sarah Kofman, French philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • Sep 15 Fred Nile, Australian politician and minister, born in Sydney, Australia

Elgin Baylor

Sep 16 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2021)

  • Sep 16 Eva Clayton, American politician (Rep-D-North Carolina), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Sep 16 George Chakiris, American actor (West Side Story), born in Norwood, Ohio
  • Sep 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2008)

Maureen Connolly

Sep 17 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)

Brian Epstein

Sep 19 Brian Epstein, English music entrepreneur and manager (Beatles), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1967)

Sophia Loren

Sep 20 Sophia Loren [Sofia Villani Scicolone], Italian actress (La Ciociara; Desire Under the Elms; Black Orchid), born in Rome, Italy

Leonard Cohen

Sep 21 Leonard Cohen, Canadian poet and singer-songwriter ("Hallelujah"; Death of Ladies Man), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2016)

  • Sep 22 Lute Olson, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of Iowa 1974-83; NCAA Division I Tournament 1997, Uni of Arizona 1983-2008), born in Mayville, North Dakota (d. 2020)
  • Sep 23 John Mortimore, English soccer defender (Chelsea 249 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Benfica, Real Betis), born in Farnborough, England (d. 2021)
  • Sep 23 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), born in Hjoggbole, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Bernard Nevill, British textile designer, born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Sep 24 John Brunner, Britsih sci-fi author (100th Millennium), born in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Sep 24 Manfred Wörner, German general and Secretary-General of NATO (1988-94), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1994)
  • Sep 24 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), born in Bristol, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Anderson, Scottish footballer (Stockport County), born in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Sep 25 Jean Sorel, French actor (The Day of the Jackal), born in Marseille, France
  • Sep 25 John S. Bull, American naval officer and NASA astronaut, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • Sep 25 Struther Arnott, Scottish molecular biologist and chemist (cancer research), born in Larkhall, Lanarkshire (d. 2013)
  • Sep 26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, British jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 2004)
  • Sep 26 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • Sep 27 Barbara Howar, American reporter (Washington Post; Entertainment Tonight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 27 Claude Jarman Jr, actor (Rio Grande, Inside Straight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 27 DAER Peake, CEO (Kleinwort Benson Group)
  • Sep 27 Dick Schaap, American Emmy Award-winning sportscaster, journalist, and author (Bo Knows Bo: Instant Replay), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2001)
  • Sep 27 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • Sep 27 Wilford Brimley, American actor (Gus-Our House, Cocoon), born in Salt Lake City Utah (d. 2020)

Brigitte Bardot

Sep 28 Brigitte Bardot, French actress, model, animal activist and sex kitten (And God Created Women), born in Paris, France

  • Sep 28 Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972)
  • Sep 29 Lance Gibbs, West Indian cricket spin bowler (79 Tests, 309 wickets, BB 8/38; British Guyana, South Australia CA, Warwickshire CCC), born in Georgetown, British Guyana
  • Sep 29 Lindsay Kline, Australian cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Sep 29 Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Hungarian American psychologist, born in Rijeka, Kingdom of Italy
  • Sep 30 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of actor Marlon Brando, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2015)
  • Sep 30 Udo Jürgens [Bockelmann], Austrian-Swiss pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision Song Contest, 1966), born in Klagenfurt, Federal State of Austria (now Austria) (d. 2014)

Famous Weddings

Leo Durocher

Sep 27 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (28) weds American socialite and businesswoman Grace Dozier; divorce in 1943

  • Sep 29 Cult horror actor Rondo Hatton weds seamstress Mabel Housh

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 (Alcide) "Yellow" Nunez, American New Orleans jazz clarinetist, dies of a heart attack at 50 [1]
  • Sep 2 (Ruggiero) "Russ" Columbo, American pop baritone singer ("You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love"), songwriter ("Prisoner of Love"), actor (Wake Up And Dream), and violinist, is accidentally shot to death at 26
  • Sep 2 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, dies at 67
  • Sep 10 George Henschel, German-British baritone, pianist, conductor, and composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 12 Catherine Breshkovsky, Babushka/Grandmother of Russian revolution, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 David Vaughan Thomas, Welsh musician and composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 17 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 18 Marie Shotwell, American actress (Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 54
  • Sep 22 Cecil Chubb, English barrister, gifted monument Stonehenge to the British nation, dies at 58
  • Sep 24 Edwin H. Lemare, British organist and composer (Andantino in D-flat, also known as "Moonlight and Roses"), dies at 69