On This Day

What Happened in September 1936

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Belgian boxer Gustave Roth beats Heinz Lazek of Austria in a 15 round points decision to win the EBU and vacant IBU world light heavyweight title in Vienna
  • Sep 2 1st transatlantic "ping-pong'' round-trip air flight from NY to England an back begins, piloted by Dick Merrill with Harry Richman
  • Sep 2 NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 7, Detroit Lions 7; 76,000 at Soldier Field
  • Sep 3 For the first and only time in the history of the Walker Cup golf event, there is a shutout; the United States routs Great Britain, 9-0 at Pine Valley GC in New Jersey

Victory in Battle

Sep 4 Franco's troops conquer Irun & Talavera de la Reina, Spain

  • Sep 4 Largo Caballero becomes Spanish premier

Film Release

Sep 4 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

  • Sep 4 British-Kenyan aviator Beryl Markham takes off from Abingdon in England on a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean; crash-lands at Baleine Cove on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, becoming the 1st woman to make the east-west trip [1]

Historic Event

Sep 7 Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam), on the Colorado River, between Nevada and Arizona. begins operation

  • Sep 7 The last surviving member of the marsupial thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in his/her cage at the Hobart Zoo (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
  • Sep 8 Princess Juliana of The Netherlands & German prince Bernard Lippe-Biesterfeld become engaged
  • Sep 9 New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 12-9 at League Park to clinch AL pennant on the earliest date in history
  • Sep 11 A's pitcher Horace Lisenbee gives up 26 hits in a game
  • Sep 12 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his 8th and final Grand Slam event before turning pro; beats American Don Budge 2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 50th US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: #3 seed Alice Marble beats top seeded fellow American Helen Jacobs 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Baseball Record

Sep 13 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller strikes out then record 17 Philadelphia A's in 5-2 win at League Park, Cleveland

Murder of Interest

Sep 13 Acting on the orders of Louis Buchalter, Murder Inc. killers gun down Joseph Rosen, a Brooklyn candy store owner

Baseball Record

Sep 14 Pittsburgh Pirates' future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner ties Rogers Hornsby's NL record of 200 MLB hits for 7th time

  • Sep 14 1st prefrontal lobotomy in America performed by Walter Freeman and James W. Watts at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.
  • Sep 21 Spanish fascist junta names Francisco Franco to Generalissimo and Supreme Commander
  • Sep 25 Joe Medwick sets a still-standing NL record with his 64th double
  • Sep 27 First baseman Walter Alston plays in his only major league game for the St. Louis Cardinals; manages Brooklyn/LA Dodgers for 23 years
  • Sep 27 Franco troops conquer Toledo
  • Sep 27 Netherlands leave Gold Standard/devaluate guilder
  • Sep 27 Boston Redskins and Brooklyn Dodgers play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Boston wins 14-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • Sep 28 Bachelor's Children debuts on CBS radio (at 9:45 am)
  • Sep 29 Radio used for 1st time for a presidential campaign
  • Sep 30 International Commission of Straits (Dardanelles & Bosphorus) ends
  • Sep 30 Pinewood Studios opens in Buckinghamshire England

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 David Leonard Blake, British composer, and educator, born in London, England
  • Sep 2 Joan Kennedy, 1st wife of US Senator from Massachusetts, Ted

Andrew Grove

Sep 2 Andrew Grove [András Gróf], Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2016)1958-06-08

  • Sep 3 John Olver, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 3 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011), born in Hammam Sousse, French Tunisia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 5 Alcee Hastings, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • Sep 5 Bill Mazeroski, American MLB 2nd baseman (won 1960 World Series for Pitts), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Sep 5 Cornelius Boyson, American blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • Sep 5 John C. Danforth, American politician (Sen-R-Missouri, 1976-95), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 5 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 7 Joe Simon, American R&B singer ("Power of Love"), born in Simmesport, Louisiana (d. 2021)

Buddy Holly

Sep 7 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

  • Sep 7 Romualds Kalsons, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Sep 7 Apostolos Kaklamanis, Greek politician, born in Lefkada, Greece
  • Sep 9 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, born in Hargelsberg, Austria (d. 2003)
  • Sep 10 Dimitar Largov, Bulgarian soccer midfielder (20 caps; Slavia Sofia 220 games), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • Sep 11 Charles Dierkop, American actor (Det Pete Royster-Police Woman), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Sep 13 Stefano Delle Chiaie, Italian neo-fascist activist, born in Caserta, Italy
  • Sep 14 Stan Williams, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1960²; World Series 1959, 1990 [coach: Cincinnati Reds]; NY Yankees, LA Dodgers), born in Enfield, New Hampshire (d. 2021)
  • Sep 14 Terence Donovan, English fashion photographer, film and video director, born in Stepney, London (d. 1996)
  • Sep 14 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur, Spawn), born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2011)
  • Sep 14 Walter Koenig, American actor (Checkov-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 14 Ferid Murad, American physician and pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), born in Whiting, Indiana
  • Sep 14 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian educator and politician, born in Rødøy, Norway (d. 2011)

Ashley Cooper

Sep 15 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2020)

  • Sep 16 Frits Niessen, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • Sep 17 Jennifer Dickson, South African-British artist and photographer, born in Piet Retief, South Africa
  • Sep 17 Mischa de Vreede, Dutch poetess (Our Eternal Hunger), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies
  • Sep 17 Richard Gaskell, British solicitor (President of the Law Society) (d. 2015)
  • Sep 19 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2007)
  • Sep 19 Gene Dinwiddie, American blues saxophonist (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • Sep 19 Anna Karen [Ann McCall] British comic actress (On the Buses - "Olive"; EastEnders, 1996-2017 - "Aunt Sal"), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2022)
  • Sep 20 Dany Carrel, French actress (Passionate Summer), born in Tourane, Annam, French Indochina
  • Sep 21 Yury Luzhkov, Russian politician (2nd Mayor of Moscow, 1992-2010), born in Moscow
  • Sep 21 (Royden) Dickey Lee [Lipscomb], American pop-country singer-songwriter ("Patches"; "Laurie"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Sep 21 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, born in Idabel, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
  • Sep 22 Bill Orton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah), born in North Ogden, Utah (d. 2009)
  • Sep 22 Art Metrano, American comedian (Amy Prentiss, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 22 Maurice Evans, English soccer wing half (Reading 407 games) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Reading, Oxford United), born in Didcot, England (d. 2000)
  • Sep 23 Valentín Paniagua, Peruvian politician

Jim Henson

Sep 24 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

  • Sep 25 Edward Jones, British Army officer (UK Military Representative to NATO in Brussels), born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England
  • Sep 25 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Who Killed Teddy Bear), born in Mumbai, India (d. 1996)
  • Sep 25 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • Sep 25 Moussa Traoré, Mali soldier, politician and dictator, President of Mali (1968-91), born in Kayes, French Sudan (d. 2020)

Winnie Mandela

Sep 26 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, born in Bizana, Pondoland, South Africa (d. 2018)

  • Sep 27 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, born in Karachi, Colonial India (d. 2015)
  • Sep 27 Yuri Nikolayevich Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • Sep 27 Don Cornelius, American television host (Soul Train), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • Sep 28 Robert Hogan, American actor (Peyton Place, Operation Petticoat), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Robert Wolders, Rotterdam Holland, actor (Erik Hunter-Laredo)
  • Sep 28 Sherwood L Boehlert, (Rep-R-NY, 1983- )
  • Sep 28 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, born in Damascus, Syria (d. 2016)
  • Sep 29 Mylene Demongeot, French actress (3 Murderesses), born in Nice, France
  • Sep 29 Silvio Berlusconi, Italian media tycoon and politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1994-5, 2001-6, 2008-11), born in Milan, Italy
  • Sep 30 Butler Derrick, (Rep-D-SC, 1974- )
  • Sep 30 James R Sasser, (Sen-D-Tenn, 1977- )

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 12 "first Irish movie star" actress Maureen O'Sullivan (25) weds film director John Farrow (32)

Henry Fonda

Sep 16 American actor Henry Fonda (31) weds Canadian-American socialite Frances Ford Seymour (28) at Christ Church, New York City

  • Sep 28 "Marx Brothers" comedian Harpo Marx (47) weds "Million Dollar Legs" actress Susan Fleming (28)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Nikita Balieff, Armenian vaudevillian and impresario (b. 1876 or 1877)
  • Sep 5 Gustave Kahn, French Symbolist poet and art critic (b. 1859)
  • Sep 12 Hermann Hirt, German linguist (Indo-European Grammar), dies at 70
  • Sep 14 Ossip Gabrilovich Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, dies of stomach cancer at 58
  • Sep 14 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), dies of pneumonia at 37
  • Sep 16 Karl Buresch, Austrian lawyer and politician, dies at 57
  • Sep 17 Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)
  • Sep 19 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musicologist, dies at 76
  • Sep 26 Harriet Monroe, American poet (Poet's Life), dies at 75