On This Day

What Happened in September 1968

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Earthquake destroys Ferdows Persia, 2,000 killed
  • Sep 1 Pirate Radio Marina (Netherlands) begins transmitting


Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 3rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 4 Nigerian troops conquer the city of Aba, Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: England's Virginia Wade wins first Open era US singles title; beats Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-2

  • Sep 8 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Sep 8 Saundra Williams wins 1st Miss Black America pageant

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Arthur Ashe wins first Open era US title; beats Dutchman Tom Okker 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

  • Sep 9 WGIQ TV channel 43 in Louisville, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 9 WVPT TV channel 51 in Staunton, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 Air France Flight 1611 crashes off Nice, France, killing 89 passengers and 6 crew.
  • Sep 12 Albania announces it is withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact
  • Sep 13 Albania leaves Warsaw pact

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Sep 14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season

Music History

Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich' 12th string quartet, premieres in Moscow

  • Sep 14 USSR's Zond 5 is launched on 1st circumlunar flight
  • Sep 14 While on tour in England, a fire at singer Roy Orbison's Henderson, Tennessee home kills the two eldest of his three sons

Television Premiere

Sep 15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV

  • Sep 15 Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry
  • Sep 15 NY Zendo (Shoboji) was opened by S Nakagawa & D S Harada
  • Sep 15 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, Ohio (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8)
  • Sep 16 KLNI (now KADN) TV channel 15 in Lafayette, LA (IND) begins

Historic Event

Sep 16 Richard Nixon appears on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in"

  • Sep 17 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • Sep 17 Zond 5 completes circumnavigation of Moon
  • Sep 18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • Sep 18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0
  • Sep 19 Nigerian federal army begins the "final offensive" against the secessionist state of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
  • Sep 20 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
  • Sep 21 Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 lands in the Indian ocean after a six-day flight - first successful circumlunar mission with two onboard tortoises surviving the trip
  • Sep 21 Police drama "Adam-12" debuts on NBC in the US
  • Sep 22 Iraq adopts constitution
  • Sep 22 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 22 Twins' Cesar Tovar pitched a hitless inning & plays all 9 positions

Historic Event

Sep 22 Ceremony to mark relocation of ancient Egyptian Abu Simbel temples, honoring Ramesses II after rebuilt 200 meters inland away from Aswan Dam

  • Sep 23 WKAS TV channel 25 in Ashland, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKGB TV channel 53 in Bowling Green, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKLE TV channel 46 in Lexington, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMA TV channel 35 in Madisonville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKMR TV channel 38 in Morehead, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKON TV channel 52 in Owenton, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKSO TV channel 29 in Somerset, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 23 WKZT TV channel 23 in Elizabethtown, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Television Premiere

Sep 24 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV

  • Sep 24 "That's Life" premieres - A Broadway musical type TV show

Sports History

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 26 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 26 Marcelo Caetano elected premier of Portugal
  • Sep 26 St Louis Cards' Bob Gibson's 13th shutout ends with 1.12 ERA
  • Sep 26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • Sep 26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • Sep 27 "Hair" opens in London
  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year
  • Sep 27 France denies UK entry into common market
  • Sep 28 "Happy Time" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 286 performances

Music History

Sep 28 "Noël Coward's Sweet Potato" opens at Barrymore NYC for 17 performances

  • Sep 28 Alberto Giolani of Italy roller skates record 23.133 miles in 1 hr
  • Sep 28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • Sep 28 Beatles' "Hey Jude" single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • Sep 28 Chuck Hixson (Southern Methodist) completes 37 of record 69 passes

Music History

Sep 28 Janis Joplin announces she's leaving "Big Brother & Holding Co"

  • Sep 28 Marisa Danisi of West Germany roller skates record 21.995 miles in 1 hr

Sports History

Sep 29 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

  • Sep 29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • Sep 30 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
  • Sep 30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires

Music Single

Sep 30 The Supremes release single "Love Child"

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • Sep 2 Ricardo de Jongh, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 2 Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • Sep 4 Carlette Guidry-White, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1992, 1996; World C'ships 1995), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 4 John Preston, American actor (Greg-General Hospital), born in Cedar City, Utah
  • Sep 4 Mike Piazza, American MLB baseball catcher, 1992-2007, 12X All-Star (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and 3 other teams), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 4 Rick McNair, American water polo 2m defender (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 4 Phill Lewis, American actor (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody - "Mr. Moseby"), and director, born in Uganda
  • Sep 4 John DiMaggio, American actor (Disenchantment; Futurama), born in North Plainfield, New Jersey
  • Sep 5 Dennis Scott, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks), born in Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Sep 5 Brad Wilk, American drummer (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 6 Gene Patrick, American actor (Gemini: Twin Stars), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 6 Pat Meares, American baseball infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Salina, Kansas
  • Sep 6 Paul Rea, American TV and web journalist, born in Clarkesville, Georgia
  • Sep 6 Christopher Brookmyre, Scottish writer (Quite Ugly One Morning), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Sep 7 Erik Williams, American NFL tackle (4-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 7 Kyle Stevens, American rock guitarist (Bang Tango, 1988-1993; 2019-present - "Dancin' on Coals")
  • Sep 9 Jon Drummond, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Julia Sawalha, English actress (Saffron-Abfab, Chrissy-Buddy's Song), born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 9 Thomas P. Auth, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Sep 9 Clive Mendonca, English footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 10 Big Daddy Kane [Antonio Hardy], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 10 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield, England
  • Sep 11 Konstantin Shafranov, Kazakhstani ice hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, St. Louis Blues), born in Oskemen, Kazakhstan
  • Sep 11 Kay Hanley, American singer-songwriter (Letters to Cleo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 11 Paul Mayeda Berges, American film writer and director, born in Torrance, California
  • Sep 12 [Reid Laurence] Larry LaLonde, American guitarist (Primus - "Frizzle Fry"), born in Richmond, California
  • Sep 12 Paul F. Tompkins, American comedian, born in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 13 Bernie Williams, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 13 Brad Johnson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Sep 13 Chris Morris, Canadian CFL tackle (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Sep 13 Denny Neagle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1995, 97; NL wins leader 1997; Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves), born in Gambrills, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Emma Wiklund [Sjöberg], Swedish model and actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 13 John Roderick, American indie-rock musician, singer-songwriter (The Long Winters),and podcaster (Omnibus; Friendly Fire), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 14 Dan Cortese, American actor and TV host (Jess Hanson-Melrose Place), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Ginger Helgeson-Nielson, American tennis star, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Sep 14 Pete Chilcutt, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Sep 14 Vincent Ghadimi, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Rocourt, Liège, Belgium
  • Sep 15 Danny Nucci, American actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest), born in Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Sep 15 Rich Robertson, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Sep 16 Tara Cross-Battle, American volleyball hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 16 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 16 Walt Becker, American writer and film director (Van Wilder), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 17 Lord Jamar [Lorenzo Dechalus], American rapper (Brand Nubian), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Sep 17 Stacey Dillard, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Sep 17 Suzy Cote, actress (Samantha in Guiding Light), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Sep 17 Valeri Zelepukin, NHL forward (NJ Devils, Team Russia Olympic silver 1998)
  • Sep 17 Anastacia [Newkirk], American pop singer ("Left Outside Alone"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 17 Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • Sep 18 Toni Kukoč, Croatian-American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Sep 18 Cappadonna [Darryl Hill], American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Sep 20 Chris Waller, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Eric Turner, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns), born in Ventura, California
  • Sep 20 Leah Pinsent, Canadian actress (April Fool's Day), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 20 Tim Rogers, Australian singer and songwriter ("You Am I"), born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,
  • Sep 21 Ricki Lake, actress (Hairspray), talk show host (Ricki), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 21 Trugoy [David Jolicoeur], American rapper and producer (De La Soul), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 21 Jon Brookes, English drummer (The Charlatans), born in Burntwood, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • Sep 22 Godfrey Myles, America NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 22 Lisa Alexander, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 23 Yvette Fielding, English television presenter (Blue Peter), born in Manchester, England

Will Smith

Sep 25 Will Smith, American Grammy Award-winning rapper (DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Parents Just Don't Understand"), and actor (Men in Black, Independence Day; Hitch; Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 25 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, born in University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 John Worsfold, Australian rules football coach, born in Subiaco, Australia
  • Sep 26 Jim Caviezel, American actor, born in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Sep 26 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • Sep 27 Mark Bradtke, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Sep 27 Rob Moore, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets, Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 27 Scott Conover, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 28 Bess Singh [Lennart Bes], Dutch pop drummer (Burma Shop-Hippies)
  • Sep 28 Vanessa Vadim, daughter of Jane Fonda/actress (Last Party), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 28 Naomi Watts, British actress (King Kong, 21 Grams), born in Shoreham, Kent
  • Sep 29 Alexander Skolnick, American heavy metal and jazz guitarist (Testament; Trans-Siberia Orchestra), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 29 Luke Goss, English actor (Traffick) and musician (Bros. - "I Owe You Nothing"), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Matt Goss, English singer-songwriter (Bros. - "I Owe You Nothing"), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Mika Häkkinen, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1998, 99), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • Sep 29 Patrick Burns, American television presenter, born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • Sep 29 Samir Soni, Indian actor (Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka)

Famous Weddings

Ken Follett

Sep 5 Author Ken Follett (19) weds Mary Emma Ruth Elson

Miles Davis

Sep 30 American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (42) weds American singer Betty Mabry (23); divorce 1969

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Granville English, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 2 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (The White), dies at 82
  • Sep 3 Isabel Withers, American actress, dies at 72
  • Sep 5 Juan Jose Castro, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 6 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 69
  • Sep 11 René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
  • Sep 11 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1927, PGA 1930, British Open 1931), dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Franchot Tone, American actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, Advise & Consent), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Sep 18 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), dies at 77
  • Sep 18 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Red Foley, American country singer ("Mr Smith Goes to Washington"), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Frank Pelleg [Pollack], Czech-Israeli harpsichordist, pianist, conductor and educator, dies at 57
  • Sep 23 Padre Pio, Roman Catholic saint, dies at 81
  • Sep 24 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 24 Robert Arthur Ley, English sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X), dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), dies at 64
  • Sep 26 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, dies at 53
  • Sep 28 Corry Lievens, Flemish actress/playwright/dir (Blue Bird), dies at 64
  • Sep 28 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, dies of heart failure at 42