On This Day

What Happened in September 1946

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st US Open Women's Golf, Spokane CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural Open and only one played in match play format; takes 36-hole final 5 & 4 over Betty Jameson
  • Sep 1 Greece votes for monarchy

Historic Event

Sep 2 Jawaharlal Nehru forms government in India

Golf Tournament

Sep 2 American golfer Ben Hogan wins the Golden State Open at California CC in Los Angeles; his 3rd consecutive PGA event and 11th title of the season; 2nd time that year he wins 3 straight tournaments

  • Sep 5 "Yours Is My Heart", an adaptation of Franz Lehar's operetta "The Land of Smiles", opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 36 performances
  • Sep 5 Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game, in his hometown of St. Louis; 2 RBI's in Cardinals' win over Chicago Cubs

Historic Event

Sep 5 Amon Göth, former head of Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp, found guilty of imprisonment, torture, and extermination of individuals and groups of people, the first conviction of homicide at a war crimes court

Historic Event

Sep 6 Terence Rattigan's "The Winslow Boy" premieres in London

  • Sep 6 All-America Football Conference begins regular season play as the Cleveland Browns beat the Miami Seahawks 44-0 before 60,135 at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium
  • Sep 8 Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount (CPL) strikes out minors record 456
  • Sep 8 Bulgaria ends its monarchy
  • Sep 8 San Francisco 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jack Kramer beats fellow American Tom Brown Jr. 9-7, 6-3, 6-0 for his first of 2 straight US singles crowns

  • Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd 11-9, 6-3 for her 4th and last US singles title
  • Sep 11 1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation
  • Sep 12 Court martial convicts Henry de Man to 20 years, in Brussels
  • Sep 13 Boston Red Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 15 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
  • Sep 17 "Gypsy Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 79 performances
  • Sep 17 "If the Shoe Fits" opens at Century Theater NYC for 20 performances

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 18 Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 20 Churchill argues for a 'United States of Europe'
  • Sep 21 Indians play their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year stay
  • Sep 22 Canadian woman Evelyn Dick charged with butchering her husband in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Sep 24 Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs

Historic Publication

Sep 26 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes until June 1993

  • Sep 27 King George II of Greece returns from exile to Athens
  • Sep 29 "Adventures of Sam Spade" debuts on CBS Radio
  • Sep 29 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards & Dodgers)
  • Sep 29 Al Couture knockouts Ralph Walton in Lewiston Maine in 10 secs
  • Sep 29 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
  • Sep 29 NPS, Nationale Party Suriname, forms

Nuremberg Trials

Sep 30 Twenty-two Nazi leaders, including Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hermann Goering, are found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to death or prison at the Nuremberg war trials


Famous Birthdays

Barry Gibb

Sep 1 Barry Gibb, English singer-songwriter (The Bee Gees), born in Douglas, Isle of Man

  • Sep 1 Greg Errico, American drummer (Sly & Family Stone, 1966-71 - "Dance To The Music"; "Everyday People"; Jerry Garcia Band, 1974-84), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 1 Roh Moo-Hyun, President of South Korea
  • Sep 2 Luis Avalos, actor (Condo, E/R, I Had 3 Wives), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Sep 2 Marty Grebb, rocker (Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 2 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle ("Nothing From Nothing"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2006)
  • Sep 3 Peter Morris, English historian of France (d. 1997)
  • Sep 4 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 4 Gary Duncan [Grubb], American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in San Diego, California (d. 2019)
  • Sep 4 Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Coronado Naval Air Station, California
  • Sep 5 Dennis Dugan, American actor and director (Can't Buy Me Love, Howling), born in Wheaton, Illinois

Freddie Mercury

Sep 5 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

  • Sep 5 Loudon Wainwright III, American folk singer-songwriter (Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)), actor and humorist, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 Dean Ford (Thomas McAleese), Scottish singer-songwriter (Marmalade), born in Coatbridge, Scotland (d. 2018) [1]
  • Sep 6 Bryan D. O'Connor, U.S. Marine Corps colonel and astronaut (STS 61B, STS 40), born in Orange, California
  • Sep 6 Buizen Beernd [Bennie Jolink], Dutch singer and musician (Normal), born in Hummelo, Netherlands
  • Sep 7 Alfa Anderson, American R&B vocalist (Chic - "Le Freak"), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 7 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Sep 8 Dean Daughtry, American rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Kinston, Alabama
  • Sep 8 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • Sep 8 Ken Forsch, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1970-1986, 2X All-Star (Houston Astros, California Angels), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 9 Christopher Francis Palmer, British composer, orchestrator, and musicologist, born in Norfolk, England (d. 1995)
  • Sep 9 Doug Ingle, American rock vocalist and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly - "In A Gadda Da Vida"), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 9 Pete Gavin [Rowney], British drummer (Heads Hands & Feet), born in London
  • Sep 9 Hayato Tani [Hajime Iwatani], Japanese actor, born in Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Sep 9 Trevor Oakes, British pop-rock guitarist (Showaddywaddy, 1973-2008 -"Three Steps to Heaven"; "Under The Moon Of Love"), born in Leicester, England
  • Sep 9 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"), born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia (d. 2004)
  • Sep 10 Jim Hines, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • Sep 10 Michèle Alliot-Marie, French politician, born in Villeneuve-le-Roi, France
  • Sep 11 Dennis Tufano, American rock guitarist and vocalist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 12 Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2009)
  • Sep 14 Jim Angle, American journalist and television reporter, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sep 14 Pete Agnew, Scottich rock bassist (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • Sep 15 Fighting Mack [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer, born in Willemstad, Curacao
  • Sep 15 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • Sep 15 Howard Waldrop, American sci-fi author (The Ugly Chickens), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • Sep 15 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 2008)

Oliver Stone

Sep 15 Oliver Stone, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film director (Wall Street; Born On The Fourth of July; Platoon; JFK), born in NYC, New York

  • Sep 16 John Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant, British physician (Warden of Green College Oxford) (d. 2016)
  • Sep 16 Cathee Dahmen, American fashion model, born in Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • Sep 16 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006-09), born in Manly, New South Wales
  • Sep 16 Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer, born in Alcoy, Spain
  • Sep 17 Billy Bonds MBE, English soccer defender (Charlton, West Ham United 663 games) and manager (WHU, Millwall), born in London, England
  • Sep 17 Michael Jack, British Conservative Party politician and minister of state-home office, born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • Sep 17 Rhys Clark, New Zealand-American session and touring drummer (The Executives; Billy Joel, 1971-75; Hoyt Axton; Freddy Fender), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 18 Alan "Bam" King, English rocker, born in Muswell Hill, North London
  • Sep 18 Nicholas Clay, English actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover), born in Streatham, London (d. 2000)
  • Sep 18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Sep 18 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, born in Galicia, Spain (d. 2014)
  • Sep 19 Hans van de Berg, Dutch actor (Ciske the Rat), born in Kampen, Netherlands
  • Sep 19 John Coghlan, British rock drummer (Status Quo, 1963-81 - "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), born in London, England
  • Sep 19 Brian Henton, English racing driver, born in Castle Donington, Leicestershire
  • Sep 19 Michael Elphick, British stage and screen actor (Gorky Park; Boon), born in Chichester, Sussex, England (d. 2002)
  • Sep 20 Mick Rogers [Michael Oldroyd], British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), born in Dovercourt, Essex, England
  • Sep 20 Stan Parrish, American football coach (Ball State Uni, Wabash College, Kansas State Uni, Marshall Uni; TB Buccaneers QB coach Super Bowl 2002), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • Sep 21 Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • Sep 22 Dan Lungren, American politician (Rep-R-California, 1979-88, 2005-13), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 22 King Sunny Ade, Nigerian singer, born in Oshogbo, Nigeria
  • Sep 22 Dan Baker, American public address announcer
  • Sep 23 Franz Fischler, Austrian politician
  • Sep 23 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • Sep 24 Joe Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78, 79; 10 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Temple, Texas
  • Sep 24 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • Sep 24 Jacqueline Courtney, American actress (Another World, One Life to Live), born in New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Jerry Donahue, American guitarist and producer (Fairport Convention; The Hellecasters), born in Manhattan, NYC
  • Sep 24 Marc Neikrug, American pianist, conductor and composer (Los Alamos), born in New York City
  • Sep 24 Pat Pocock, Welsh cricketer (intermittent England off-spinner 1968-85), born in Bangor, Wales
  • Sep 25 Bishan Bedi, Indian cricketer (mighty Indian slow left-armer 1966-79), born in Amritsar, Punjab, British India
  • Sep 25 Felicity Kendal, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah, The Good Life), born in Olton, England
  • Sep 25 Gil Morgan, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles, 3 Champions Tour majors), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • Sep 26 Mary Beth Hurt, American actress (Garp, Interiors), born in Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Sep 26 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist (Pornography: Men Possessing Women), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Sep 26 Christine Todd Whitman, American politician (50th Governor of New Jersey), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 26 Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician, born in Chokpur, Taplejung, Nepal
  • Sep 27 Peter H. Kostmayer, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1977-81, 83-93), born in New York City
  • Sep 27 Ronald Fox, senior partner (Fox Williams)
  • Sep 27 Robin Nedwell, English comedy actor (d. 1999)
  • Sep 27 T.C. Cannon, Kiowa/Caddo artist (d. 1978)
  • Sep 28 Fiona Lewis, Westcliff England, actress (Stunts, Lisztomania)
  • Sep 28 Helen Shapiro, British pop and jazz vocalist ("You Don't Know"), born in Bethnal Green, London
  • Sep 28 Herbert Jefferson Jr, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Sep 28 Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
  • Sep 28 Peter Egan, actor (Bean, Chariots of Fire)
  • Sep 28 Jeffrey Jones, American actor (Deadwood; Beetlejuice; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 29 Alasdair Fraser, Scottish-born Northern Irish lawyer, director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Sep 29 Nick Taylor, American singer and guitarist (Bloodrock)
  • Sep 29 Patricia Hodge, English actress (Heat of the Day, Miranda), born in Cleethorpes, England
  • Sep 29 Ian Wallace, British session and touring rock and jazz drummer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bob Dylan, 1977-78; Crimson Jazz Trio, 2005-07), born in Bury, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • Sep 29 Barry Hulshoff, Dutch soccer defender (14 caps; European Cup 1971, 72, 73; Ajax Amsterdam), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Sep 30 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • Sep 30 Sylvia Peterson, American pop vocalist (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born on The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 30 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer, born in Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1993)
  • Sep 30 Claude Vorilhon, founder of Raelism, a ufo religion
  • Sep 30 William Thurston, Washington, mathematician (Fields Medal, 1982), (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • Sep 9 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Arthur van Schendel, writer (Holland Drama), dies at 72)

ExecutionAmon Göth

Sep 13 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at after being convicted of war crimes at 37

  • Sep 13 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, dies at 71
  • Sep 16 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), dies at 69
  • Sep 16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 21 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
  • Sep 21 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Heinrich George [Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz], German actor (Hitlerjunge Quex), dies at 52
  • Sep 26 William Strunk Jr., American grammarian and author (The Elements of Style), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Jean Van de Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter, dies