What Happened in September 1945

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Vince DiMaggio smashes his 4th grand slam of season, tying NL record, in an 8-3 win v Boston Braves

Historic Event

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

Surrender of Japan

Sep 2 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)

  • Sep 2 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan signed aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (US date, 3rd September in Japan)
  • Sep 3 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills: American Frank Parker successfully defends title; beats William Talbert 14-12, 6-1, 6-2
  • Sep 3 US Women's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills: Sarah Palfrey Cooke wins second US title; beats Pauline Betz Addie 3-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Sep 3 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies
  • Sep 4 American chess grandmaster Reuben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid (10 seconds per move) games blindfolded in New York City
  • 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 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

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 9 Japanese in South Korea, Taiwan, China, Indochina surrender to Allies

Sports History

Sep 9 Jimmie Foxx hits his 534th & final HR

  • Sep 9 Philadelphia A's Dick Fowler no-hits St Louis Browns, 1-0
  • Sep 10 KLS-AM in Oakland, California changes call letters to KWBR (now KDIA)

Miracle Mike!

Sep 10 Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.

Historic Event

Sep 10 Vidkun Quisling sentenced to death for collaborating with Nazis

Historic Event

Sep 11 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of World War II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal but fails - later he is hanged

  • Sep 11 Physician Willem J. Kolff performs the first successful kidney dialysis using his artificial kidney machine in 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

Sep 19 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London

  • Sep 20 German rocket engineers begin work in US
  • Sep 23 First Cavalcade of Jazz outdoor concert held at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles with Count Basie, Valaida Snow and others
  • Sep 26 All old Dutch banknotes declared invalid
  • Sep 27 Baldwin Bergerson's musical "Carib Song" opens at Adelphi Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances

MacArthur Meets Hirohito

Sep 27 US General and head of the Allied occupation of Japan, Douglas MacArthur, meets Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo for the first time

Film Release

Sep 28 "Mildred Pierce" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand Theater, NYC; wins Academy Award for Best Actress

  • 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
  • Sep 30 Bourne End rail crash, Hertfordshire, England killed 43

Sports History

Sep 30 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg smacks an AL pennant-winning grand slam on the final day of the season as the Tigers beat St. Louis Browns, 6-3


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), born in Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • Sep 1 Mustafa Balel, Turkish writer
  • Sep 1 Peter Hewson, British pop singer (Chicory Tip - "Son Of My Father"), born in Gillingham, Kent, England
  • Sep 3 George Biondo, American rock bass player, and songwriter (Steppenwolf, 1970-76 - "Sparkle Eyes"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 3 Mike Harrison, English keyboardist (Spooky Tooth - "It's All About"), born in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
  • Sep 4 Daniel Wood "Danny" Gatton, American guitarist (88 Elmira St.), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)
  • Sep 5 Al Stewart, Scottish folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Year of the Cat"; "Nostradamus"; "Time Passages"), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 6 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1997)
  • Sep 7 Luis Aravena Munoz, Chilean singer/exiled in Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • Sep 7 Vic Pollard, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 2 x 100s, 40 wickets) and soccer midfielder (7 caps; Rangers AFC), born in Burnley, England
  • Sep 8 Kelly Groucutt, English musician (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Coseley, England (d. 2009)
  • Sep 8 Rogie Vachon, Canadian NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968), born in Quebec
  • Sep 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rock singer, harmonica player, and occasional keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1965-72), born in San Bruno, California (d. 1973)
  • Sep 9 Dee Dee Sharp [Dione Larue], American R&B singer (I Love You Anyway), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Omukama Patrick David Matthew Olimi Kaboyo II, king of Toro
  • Sep 10 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter ("Light My Fire"; "Feliz Navidad"; "Chico And The Man"), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 10 Marlin Briscoe, American College Football HOF quarterback/wide receiver (Uni Nebraska–Omaha; Super Bowl 1972, 73 Miami Dolphins; Pro Bowl 1970 Buffalo Bills), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2022)
  • Sep 10 Rein van den Broek, Dutch trumpeteer (Ekseption)
  • Sep 10 Tom Ligon, American actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 10 [Richard] Mike Mullane, American USAF, astronaut (STS 41-D, STS-27, STS-36), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Sep 11 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer (Bayern Munich), born in Munich
  • Sep 11 Leo Kottke, American guitarist (Ice Water; Greenhouse), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Sep 12 David Garrick [Philip Darryl Core], British singer ("Dear Mrs Applebee"), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2013)
  • Sep 12 John Mauceri, American conductor (Washington, D.C. Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 12 Maria Aitken, Irish-English actress (Fish Called Wanda), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 12 Richard Thaler, American economist (nudge theory, Nobel Prize 2017), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 12 Vern Lindblad, Turkologist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 13 Alain Louvier, French contemporary classical composer, born in Paris, France
  • Sep 13 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician and journalist, born in Ockelbo, Gävleborg County, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • Sep 13 Noël Godin, Belgian writer and humorist, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Sep 13 Rick Wise, American MLB pitcher, 1964-82, 2X All-Star (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and 3 other teams), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Sep 14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster, born in Chester, England
  • Sep 15 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • Sep 15 Ron Shelton, American film director (Bull Durham), born in Whittier, California
  • Sep 17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Phil Jackson

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

  • Sep 18 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), born in Chancay, Peru (d. 2021)
  • Sep 18 P. F. Sloan [Philip Schlein], American songwriter ("Eve of Destruction"; "Secret Agent Man"), session guitarist, and singer, born in NYC (d. 2015)
  • Sep 19 David Bromberg, American bluegrass-folk-rock-jazz singer, songwriter, and musician (Demon in Disguise; "The Holdup"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 19 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Sep 19 Randolph Mantooth, American actor (Emergency, Loving), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 20 Hillard "Sweet Pea" Atkinson, American R&B singer (Was (Not Was)), born in ‎Oberlin, Ohio (d. 2020) [1]
  • Sep 20 Laurie Spiegel, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Torkild Brakstad, Norwegian soccer defender (3 caps; Molde) and coach (Molde, Tromsø, Rosenborg), born in Molde, Norway (d. 2021)
  • Sep 21 Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)
  • Sep 21 J. Peter Robinson, British session pianist, arranger (Phil Collins; Brand-X; Anni-Frid Lyngstad), and composer of scores for film (The World's Fastest Indian; The Bank Job) and television (Charmed), born in Fulton, England
  • 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 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), born in Knin, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Sep 22 Paul LeMat, American actor (American Graffiti, Melvin and Howard), born in Rahway, New Jersey
  • Sep 23 Igor Ivanov, Russian politician
  • Sep 23 Paul Petersen, American actor (Donna Reed Show - "Jeff Stone"), born in Glendale, California
  • Sep 23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), born in York, England (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 24 David Drake, American sci-fi author, veteran and lawyer (Cross the Stars, Rolling Hot), born in the United States
  • Sep 24 John Milford Rutter, English composer, conductor, and arranger, mainly of choral music (Mass Of The Children), born in London.
  • Sep 24 Lou Dobbs, American journalist (Lou Dobbs Tonight), born in Childress County, Texas
  • Sep 24 Rosa Lee Hawkins, American pop singer (The Dixie Cups - "Chapel Of Love"; "Iko Iko"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2022)
  • Sep 25 Kathleen Brown, American Democratic politician (29th Treasurer of California), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 25 Onnie McIntyre, Scottish guitarist (Average White Band - "Pick Up The Pieces"), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • Sep 25 Reynold Henry Weidenaar, American video artist and composer, born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Sep 26 Bryan Ferry, British singer-songwriter (Roxy Music - "Love Is The Drug"; "Avalon"; "Dance Away"), born in Washington, County Durham, England
  • Sep 26 Gal Costa, Brazilian singer, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Sep 26 Louise Beaudoin, French Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Sep 27 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (d. 2003)
  • Sep 27 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 27 Misha Dichter, Polish-American concert pianist (Tchaikovsky 2nd prize, 1966), born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 28 Conny Van Dyke, Nassawadox Va, actress (Framed, Hell's Angels '69)
  • Sep 28 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • Sep 29 Kyriacos Sfetsas, Greek composer, born in Amfilochia, Greece
  • Sep 29 Nadezhda Chizova, Russian shot putter (Olympic gold/silver/bronze-68/72/76), born in Usolye-Sibirskoye, Russia
  • Sep 29 Sarah Tyacke, English historian and Keeper of British Public Records, born in Chelmsford, Essex
  • Sep 29 Tatiana Tauer, Russian classical harpist, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1994)
  • Sep 30 Bob Lassiter, American radio personality
  • Sep 30 Ehud Olmert, twelfth Prime Minister of Israel

Famous Weddings

Kurt Vonnegut

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)

Shirley Temple

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

Malcolm Forbes

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

Angela Lansbury

Sep 27 American actor Richard Cromwell (35) weds British actress Angela Lansbury (19) in Independence, California; divorce in 1946


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jacobus W G Balfoort, Dutch actor (Heimwee, Head On), dies at 57
  • Sep 5 Clem Hill, Australian cricket batsman and captain (49 Tests, 7 x 100, HS 191; South Australia CA), dies in a traffic accident at 68
  • Sep 6 John S. Mccain Snr., US admiral, (WW II-Pacific Ocean), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Sep 10 Väinö Raitio, Finnish composer, dies at 54
  • Sep 15 André Tardieu, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1929-30, 1930, 1932), dies at 68
  • Sep 15 Anton von Webern, Austrian composer, shot by American soldier on patrol at 61
  • 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 gospel blues singer and guitarist ("Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground"), dies of malarial fever, syphilis and blindness at 48
  • Sep 20 Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian president (b. 1869)
  • Sep 20 William Buehler Seabrook, Writer, journalist, occultist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 24 Hans Geiger, German physicist (co-inventor of the Geiger counter), dies at 62
  • Sep 25 Charles A. Ellwood, American sociologist and psychologist, dies at 72

Béla Bartok

Sep 26 Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist, composer (Concerto for Orchestra), and ethno-musicologist, dies of leukemia at 64

  • Sep 26 Richard Beer-Hofmann, Austrian writer, dies at 78