On This Day

What Happened in September 1955

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 2 Egyptian fighters shot down over Israel
  • Sep 1 KARD (now KSNW) TV channel 3 in Wichita, KS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 2 KCRA TV channel 3 in Sacramento, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTBS TV channel 3 in Shreveport, LA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician
  • Sep 5 Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season
  • Sep 5 WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 WTTW TV channel 11 in Chicago, IL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 "Catch a Star" opens at Plymouth Theater, NYC; runs for 23 performances
  • Sep 6 J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname

Sports History

Sep 7 New York Yankee Whitey Ford becomes 5th MLB pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters

  • Sep 8 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • Sep 9 Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run
  • Sep 10 "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV
  • Sep 11 KTVT TV channel 11 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Dedication of the first Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, the Bern Switzerland Temple.

Sports History

Sep 11 75th US National Championships Men's Tennis: American Tony Trabert wins his second home title; beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 9-7, 6-3, 6-3

  • Sep 11 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Defending champion Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward Hales of England 6-4, 6-2

Sports History

Sep 11 Juan Manuel Fango in a Mercedes wins season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Englishman Stirling Moss

  • Sep 12 KNTV TV channel 11 in San Jose, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 Swiss inventor George de Mestral is granted a patent for what would become known as Velcro
  • Sep 14 Herb Score sets rookie record of 235 strikeouts (en route 245)

Music Recording

Sep 14 Little Richard records "Tutti Frutti" at J & M Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Sep 15 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, Florida (CBS) begins
  • Sep 16 Bauer & Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st
  • Sep 16 US Auto Club forms to oversee four major auto racing categories

Sports History

Sep 16 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt

  • Sep 17 Sammy Fain and Dan Shapiro's musical comedy "Ankles Aweigh" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC. after 176 performances

Sports History

Sep 17 Future MLB Hall of Famer Baltimore Oriole Brooks Robinson goes 2-4 in his 1st game

Baseball Record

Sep 18 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

Historic Event

Sep 19 An army and navy revolt forces Argentine President Juan Perón to resign and flee to Paraguay

Baseball Record

Sep 19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

  • Sep 19 Hurricane Hilda, kills 200 in Mexico
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season
  • Sep 21 Last allied occupying troops leave Austria

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 21 In his last fight, undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano KOs light heavyweight Archie Moore in the 9th round at Yankee Stadium, NYC

  • Sep 21 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 22 On BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of rival network ITV
  • Sep 22 -28] Hurricane Janet, kills 500 in the Caribbean

Britain's First-Ever TV Ad

Sep 22 Commercial television begins in the UK with the launch of ITV, soon airs the 1st advert on UK TV, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

  • Sep 23 Pakistan signs Pact of Baghdad
  • Sep 23 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2

Murder of Interest

Sep 23 All white jury finds Roy Brant and John William Milam not guilty of the brutal murder of black teenager Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi, in landmark case that would help inspire civil rights movement in the US

  • Sep 24 "Catch a Star" closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 23 performances

Historic Event

Sep 24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

  • Sep 24 Washington Senators lose their 99th & 100th games of season

Music History

Sep 24 "The Judy Garland Special" kicks off the anthology performance series "Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS-TV

Sports History

Sep 25 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ

  • Sep 25 The Royal Jordanian Air Force is founded.
  • Sep 26 NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929
  • Sep 28 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • Sep 28 WITN TV channel 7 in Washington, NC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Sergeant Preston" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia

Historic Event

Sep 29 Arthur Millers "View From The Bridge" premieres in NYC

Film & TV History

Sep 30 American actor and cultural icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Bruce Foxton, British rock bassist and songwriter (The Jam - "Going Underground"), born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • Sep 1 Billy Blanks, American martial artist
  • Sep 1 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), born in Kerpen, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Sep 2 Linda Purl, actress (Gloria-Happy Days, Matlock), born in Greenwich, Connecticut

Steve Jones

Sep 3 Steve Jones, British punk rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

  • Sep 4 Brian Schweitzer, American politician (Governor of Montana, 2005–13), born in Havre, Montana
  • Sep 6 Anne Henning, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sep 6 Carl E. Walz, American NASA astronaut (STS 51, 65, 79), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 7 Efim Zelmanov, Russian-American mathematician, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Sep 7 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress (Babylon 5), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sep 8 Randy Waldman, American popular music touring and session pianist, arranger, composer, and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 9 John Kricfalusi, Canadian animator
  • Sep 10 Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Simpele, Finland
  • Sep 10 Giannina Facio Franco, Mrs Phillipe Junot, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Sep 10 Pat Mastelotto, American rock drummer (Mr Mister - "Broken Wings"; King Crimson, 1994-present), born in Chico, California
  • Sep 11 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 2008)
  • Sep 12 Peter Scolari, American stage and screen Emmy Award-winning actor (Newhart - "Michael"; Girls - "Tad"; Bosom Buddies - "Henry"), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • Sep 12 Nina Blackwood, American actress and VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Sep 13 Joe Morris, American jazz, avant-garde, and improvisational guitarist, banjolele player, ("Today On Earth"), and educator (New England Conservatory), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sep 14 Steve Berlin, American saxophonist, keyboardist and record producer (Los Lobos, Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 15 Mac Sweeney, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1985-89), born in Wharton, Texas
  • Sep 15 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician, 1st female Minister of Defence, born in Virovitica, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 15 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer and (Diesel), born in Brugine, Italy
  • Sep 15 Abdul Qadir, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2019)
  • Sep 15 Brendan O'Carroll, Irish stage and screen actor, comedian, director, producer and writer (Mrs. Brown's Boys - "Agnes Brown"), born in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 16 Janet Ellis, English television presenter (Blue Peter, Jigsaw), born in Kent
  • Sep 16 Liz Knights, English publisher (Victor Gollancz), born in Hayes Common, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 16 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Sep 16 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer, born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 17 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 Charles Martinet, American actor (Mario), born in San Jose, California
  • Sep 17 Mike Parson, American politician (Governor of Missouri, 2018-), born in Wheatland, Missouri
  • Sep 18 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, born in San Diego, California (d. 2006)
  • Sep 18 Billy Sims, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1978, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl 1980–82, Detroit Lions), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 19 Rex Smith, American actor (Pirates of Penzance), and singer ("You Take My Breath Away"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 19 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 2006)
  • Sep 20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament, born in Coventry, England
  • Sep 21 Rebecca Balding, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sep 21 Richard J Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Sep 21 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • Sep 21 Gulshan Grover, Indian actor known as the "Bad Man" in Bollywood cinema (I Am Kalam), born in New Delhi, India
  • Sep 21 Rick Aiello, American character actor (Officer Long- Do the Right Thing), born in the United States (d. 2021)
  • Sep 22 Jeffrey Leonard, American Major League baseball player, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Brennan

Sep 22 John Brennan, American Director of the CIA (2013-18), born in North Bergen, New Jersey

  • Sep 23 Patti Weaver, WV, actress (Days of our Life, Gina-Young & Restless)
  • Sep 24 Riccardo Illy, Italian politician and businessman, Born in Trieste, Italy
  • Sep 25 Zucchero [Adelmo Fornaciari], Italian blues and rock singer-songwriter ("Senza una Donna" - Without a Woman), born in Roncocesi, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Sep 25 Steven Severin {Bailey], British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees), born in Highgate, London, England
  • Sep 25 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German football player (Bayern Munich), born in Lippstadt, West Germany
  • Sep 25 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (R.S.C. Anderlecht), born in Berchem, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Sep 26 Carlene Carter, American country singer ("I Fell in Love"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 27 Thelma Aldana, Guatemalan judge and 11th Guatemalan Attorney General, born in Gualán, Zacapa
  • Sep 28 Stéphane Dion, Canadian politician
  • Sep 28 Kenny Kirkland, American jazz pianist (Wynton Marsalis; Branford Marsalis) and funk keyboardist (Buckshot Lefonque), born in Brooklyn, NYC (d. 1998)
  • Sep 29 Ken Weatherwax, American actor (Pugsley-Addams Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 29 Mark Mitchell, Australian actor (Larger than Life, Con the Fruiterer), bon in Melbourne Australia
  • Sep 29 Vicki Fergon, American golfer (first woman to win on all 3 LPGA-affiliated tours), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 29 Benoît Ferreux, French actor (Murmur of the Heart), born in Bordeaux, France
  • Sep 29 Gwen Ifill, American journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • Sep 30 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 18 American actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds American singer Eddie Fisher (27); divorce in 1959

Che Guevara

Sep 18 Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Philip Loeb, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 61
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 7 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), dies at 81
  • Sep 8 Johannes de Young, Dutch cardinal and archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • Sep 10 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft, dies at 70
  • Sep 12 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 Franz Carl Weiskopf, German Czech writer, dies at 55
  • Sep 16 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81
  • Sep 19 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • Sep 21 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, dies at 84
  • Sep 27 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Arthur Donaldson, Swedish American actor, dies at 86

James Dean

Sep 30 James Dean, American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, dies in a car crash at age 24

  • Sep 30 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • Sep 30 Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, dies at 55