What Happened in September 1945

Historical Events

Victory in battleSurrender of Japan

Sep 1 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)
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  • Sep 1 Phillies Vince DiMaggio ties NL record with 4th grand slam of season

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Sep 2 Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independent from France (National Day)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Sep 2 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)
  • Sep 3 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
  • Sep 3 65th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Frank Parker beats William Talbert (14-12, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Sep 3 59th U.S. Women's National Championship: Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (3-6, 8-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 4 Ruben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid chess games blindfolded
  • Sep 4 US regains possession of Wake Island from Japan
  • Sep 6 A's catcher Greek George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended
  • Sep 7 Japanese at Rioekioe-islands surrender
  • Sep 7 Joe Kuhel hits inside-the-park HR, only HR hit by a Senator all season at Washington's Griffith Stadium
  • Sep 8 US invades Japanese-held Korea

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Sep 8 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt fails, later he is hanged

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Sep 9 Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies
  • Sep 9 Jimmie Foxx hits his 534th & final HR
  • Sep 9 Philadelphia A's Dick Fowler no-hits St Louis Brown, 1-0

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Sep 9 1st "bug" in a computer program discovered by Grace Hopper, a moth was removed with tweezers from a relay & taped into the log

Computer Scientist and Admiral Grace Hopper
Computer Scientist and Admiral
Grace Hopper
  • Sep 10 KLS-AM in Oakland Ca changes call letters to KWBR (now KDIA)
  • Sep 10 Vidkun Quisling sentenced to death for collaborating with Nazis
  • Sep 10 Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.
  • Sep 11 Physician Willem J Kolff performs the first successful kidney dialysis using his artificial kidney machine, the Netherlands
  • Sep 15 A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond.
  • Sep 16 Barometric pressure at 856 mb (25.55") off Okinawa (record low)
  • Sep 18 1000 whites walk out of Gary, Indiana, schools to protest integration

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Sep 19 Kim Il-sung arrives in harbor of Wonsan, Korea

North Korean founder and dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean founder and dictator
Kim Il-sung
  • Sep 19 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London
  • Sep 20 German rocket engineers begin work in US
  • Sep 26 All old Dutch banknotes declared invalid

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 28 "Mildred Price" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand

Actress Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
  • Sep 28 Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders
  • Sep 28 Robert T Duncan appears as Tonio in "I Pagliacci"
  • Sep 29 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56

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Sep 30 Hank Greenberg's final day HR wins pennant for Tigers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Sep 30 Bourne End rail crash, Hertfordshire, England killed 43

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
  • Sep 3 George Biondo, rock musician (Steppenwolf), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 3 Mike Harrison, keyboardist (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
  • Sep 4 Daniel Wood Gatton, guitarist
  • Sep 5 Al Stewart, rocker (Year of the Cat), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 7 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled in Netherlands
  • Sep 8 Kelly Groucutt, rocker
  • Sep 8 Rogie Vachon, Quebec, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968)
  • Sep 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, California, rocker (Grateful Dead)
  • Sep 9 Omukama Patrick David Matthew Olimi Kaboyo II, king of Toro
  • Sep 9 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 10 Jose Feliciano, Lares, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light my Fire)
  • Sep 10 Rein van den Broek, Dutch trumpeteer (Ekseption)
  • Sep 10 Richard M Mullane, Tx, USAF/astro (STS 41-D, STS-27, STS-36)
  • Sep 10 Tom Ligon, actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 11 Leo Kottke, guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Sep 11 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer
  • Sep 12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 12 Maria Aitken, actress (Fish Called Wanda)
  • Sep 12 Vern M Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 12 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer (Dear Mrs Applebee), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2013)
  • Sep 12 Richard Thaler, American economist (nudge theory, Nobel Prize 2017), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 13 Alain Louvier, composer
  • Sep 13 Noël Godin, Belgian humorist
  • Sep 13 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (d. 2002)
  • Sep 14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster
  • Sep 15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen)
  • Sep 15 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress
  • Sep 15 Ron Shelton, American film director

Person of interestPhil Jackson

Sep 17 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • Sep 17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor
  • Sep 19 David Bromberg, musician (Demon in Disguise), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Sep 19 Randolph Mantooth, actor (Emergency, Loving), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 20 Laurie Spiegel, composer
  • Sep 21 Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)
  • Sep 21 Ombrettqa Colli, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • Sep 21 Shaw Clifton, the 18th General of The Salvation Army
  • Sep 22 Paul LeMat, Rahway, New Jersey, American actor (American Graffiti, Melvin and Howard)
  • Sep 23 Paul Petersen, actor (Jeff Stone-Donna Reed Show), born in Glendale, California
  • Sep 23 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 23 Igor Ivanov, Russian politician
  • Sep 24 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 24 David A[llen] Drake, American sci-fi author (Cross the Stars, Rolling Hot)
  • Sep 24 Lou Dobbs, American journalist
  • Sep 25 Kathleen Brown, state treasurer (D-California, 1991- )
  • Sep 25 Owen "Onnie" McIntyre, Scotland, guitarist (Average White Band)
  • Sep 25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, composer
  • Sep 26 Bryan Ferry, England, rocker (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together)
  • Sep 26 Louise Beaudoin, French Canadian politician
  • Sep 26 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer
  • Sep 27 Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikowsy 2nd prize-1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 27 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (d. 2003)
  • Sep 27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 28 Conny Van Dyke, Nassawadox Va, actress (Framed, Hell's Angels '69)
  • Sep 28 Marielle Goitschel, Ste Maxime France, alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Sep 29 Kyriacos Sfetsas, composer
  • Sep 29 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Olympic gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • Sep 29 Sarah Tyacke, Keeper of British Public Records
  • Sep 29 Tatiana Tauer, harpist
  • Sep 30 Ehud Olmert, twelfth Prime Minister of Israel
  • Sep 30 Bob Lassiter, American radio personality

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (23) weds childhood sweetheart Jane Marie Cox

  • Sep 7 "Star Trek" actor DeForest Kelley (25) weds Carolyn Dowling (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 19 Actress Shirley Temple (17) weds actor John Agar (24) in an Episcopal ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 21 Publisher Malcolm Forbes (26) weds Roberta Remsen Laidlaw

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Malcolm Forbes

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Actor Richard Cromwell (35) weds actress Angela Lansbury (19) in Independence, California

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Heimwee, Head On), dies at 57
  • Sep 6 John S. Mccain Snr., US admiral, (WW II-Pacific Ocean), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Sep 10 Vaino Raitio, composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 15 Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 15 André Tardieu, Prime Minister of France (b. 1876)
  • Sep 16 Johannes "Pa" van der Steur, Dutch missionary and philanthropist (Java), dies at 80
  • Sep 16 John McCormack, Irish-American tenor (Irish folksongs), dies at 61
  • Sep 18 "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist (b. 1897)
  • Sep 20 William Buehler Seabrook, Writer, journalist, occultist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 20 Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian president (b. 1869)

Person of interestEduard Wirths

Sep 20 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician at Auschwitz, commits suicide at 36

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • Sep 24 Hans Geiger, German physicist (co-inventor of the Geiger counter), dies at 62
  • Sep 25 Charles A Ellwood, US sociologist/psychologist, dies at 72
  • Sep 26 Béla Bartok, Hungarian pianist and composer (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64
  • Sep 26 Richard Beer-Hofmann, Austrian writer, dies at 78