On This Day

What Happened in September 1996

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • Sep 1 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 2 Soyuz TM-24, lands
  • Sep 2 A peace agreement is signed between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front in Malacañang Palace.
  • Sep 3 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • Sep 4 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrisett & Smashing Pumpkins win
  • Sep 5 "Summer & Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Sep 5 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4 for her 5th and final US singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • Sep 8 "7 Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • Sep 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • Sep 8 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras retains his title; beats fellow American Michael Chang 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

  • Sep 11 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 14 As' Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Sep 14 England Test cricket fast bowler Dean Headley equals WR by taking his 3rd hat-trick of the English County season for Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
  • Sep 14 NY Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • Sep 14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • Sep 14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½
  • Sep 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
  • Sep 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City FL on WTBB 97.7 FM
  • Sep 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits
  • Sep 16 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space
  • Sep 16 Courtroom reality show "Judge Judy" with Judge Judy Sheindlin premieres in the US
  • Sep 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 18 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Sep 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, St. Pierre Hotel & CC: US retains Cup; beats Europe 17-11; in expanded format US wins 10 of 12 singles matches in final day blowout
  • Sep 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Sep 24 U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • Sep 25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 26 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Sep 26 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • Sep 27 Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Sep 27 In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
  • Sep 27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
  • Sep 28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • Sep 28 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • Sep 28 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • Sep 28 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • Sep 28 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
  • Sep 28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • Sep 29 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Sep 29 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
  • Sep 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs
  • Sep 29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
  • Sep 29 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
  • Sep 29 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • Sep 29 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Sport awardFederation Cup

Sep 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Zendaya [Coleman], American actress (Shake it Up, Euphoria), singer and dancer, born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 8 Krystal Reyes, Filipina actress (Bakekang), born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Sep 12 Joshua Cheptegei, Ugandan long-distance runner (5,000m WR 12:35.35; World C'ship gold 10,000m 2019; World Cross Country gold 2019), born in Kapsewui, Uganda
  • Sep 13 Lili Reinhart, American actress (Riverdale), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 27 Iman bint Al Abdullah II, princess of Jordan
  • Sep 27 Daeg Faerch, Danish-born Canadian actor
  • Sep 28 Celeste & Johnny Edison, Assyria & Pele's twins, boy & girl

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 1 Presidential daughter Amy Carter (29), the only child of former U.S President Jimmy Carter weds computer consultant Jim Wentzel (28) in Plains, Georgia
  • Sep 4 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Sep 7 Five-foot-eleven model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey
  • Sep 14 Actress Liz Keifer (33) weds Robert Convertino (41) at Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City
  • Sep 21 Supermodel Christie Brinkey marries for 4th time to Peter Cook

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 21 Elder son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and magazine publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. (35) weds Caroline Bisset (30) at the wood-frame Brack Chapel of the First African Baptist Church in Cumberland Island, Georgia

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 23 Actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) weds "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) in Malibu

Actor and Comedian Jim Carrey
Actor and Comedian
Jim Carrey
  • Sep 23 Oscar-nominated actor of "The Buddy Holly Story" Gary Busey (52) weds former stuntwoman from Dallas Tiani Warden (29) at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Karl Kehrle, Benedictine monk and beekeeper, dies at 98
  • Sep 1 Charles Daniels, archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 1 George Levy, English antique dealer, heritage campaigner, dies at 69
  • Sep 1 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • Sep 2 Cyril Reuben, violinist, dies at 69
  • Sep 2 Emily Kngwarreye, artist, dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Kenneth M Stewart, euro MP for Merseyside West, dies at 71
  • Sep 2 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), dies at 96
  • Sep 2 Paddy Clift, cricketer (Rhod & Leicester all-rounder 1970-88), dies
  • Sep 3 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate, dies at 56
  • Sep 3 Julian Amery, British conservative politician and minister, dies at 77
  • Sep 3 Robert Croften Brown, politician, dies at 75
  • Sep 4 Sam Cook, English cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Leonard Katzman, TV producer, dies at 69
  • Sep 5 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby intl/journalist, dies at 67
  • Sep 5 Rose Isabel Williams, sister of Tennessee Williams, dies at 86
  • Sep 7 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer, dies at 64
  • Sep 8 Elizabeth Eyre de Lanaux, designer artist/writer, dies at 102
  • Sep 9 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" (Blue Moon of Kentucky), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Jack Pepys, immunologist, dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66
  • Sep 10 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), dies at 59
  • Sep 10 Hans List, Austrian scientist and inventor, dies at 100
  • Sep 11 Guido Aristarco, film critic, dies at 77
  • Sep 11 Joanne Dru [LaCock], American actress (Red River, All the King's Men), dies of lymphedema at 73
  • Sep 12 Ernesto Geisel, 29th President of Brazil (1974-79), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, Canon of Windsor and moral theologian, dies at 87
  • Sep 12 James Gulliver, Scottish businessman (Argyll Foods), dies at 66
  • Sep 12 Lloyd Turner, journalist (Daily Express), dies at 57
  • Sep 12 Oscar Michael Moore, journalist, dies at 36
  • Sep 12 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist, dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born American stalker of Björk, commits suicide aged 21
  • Sep 13 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, dies at 68
  • Sep 13 Cesar Mendoza, general of Military junta of Chile (1973-85), dies
  • Sep 13 Jane Baxter, actress (We Live Again, Blossom Time), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, dies at 85

Person of interestTupac Shakur

Sep 13 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shooting at 25

Rapper Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
  • Sep 14 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80
  • Sep 14 Juliet Prowse, actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies at 59
  • Sep 15 Brother Eugene Gerard Salois, teacher, dies at 76
  • Sep 15 George Scheuer, Austrian writer and journalist, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), dies at 85
  • Sep 15 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, dies at 70
  • Sep 16 Andrew MacElhone, bar owner, dies at 73
  • Sep 16 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • Sep 16 McGeorge Bundy, US national security advisor (1961-66), dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Jessie Hill, American jazz musician (Ooh Poo Pah Doo), dies at 63

Person of interestSpiro Agnew

Sep 17 Spiro Agnew, American politician (Vice President, 1969 until resignation over corruption allegations in 1973), dies of leukemia at 77

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Sep 18 Vera Brodsky Lawrence, American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), dies at 87
  • Sep 19 Douglas Hyde, English political journalist, dies at 85
  • Sep 19 Timothy Nicholson, journalist, dies at 32
  • Sep 20 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, dies at 81
  • Sep 20 Murtaza Bhutto, Pakistani politician, dies at 42
  • Sep 20 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • Sep 20 Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician, dies of heart attack at 83
  • Sep 20 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), dies from natural causes at 84
  • Sep 21 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher, dies at 42
  • Sep 21 Julius Silverman, British Labour Party politician, dies at 90
  • Sep 21 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • Sep 21 Sulkhan Nasidze, Georgian composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 22 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali, My Favorite Brunette), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Sep 22 Ludmilla Chiraeff, ballet dancer, dies at 72
  • Sep 22 Mohammed Ben Amhed Abdelghani, Prime Minister of Algeria (1979-84), dies
  • Sep 23 Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman CBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), dies at 94
  • Sep 23 Stuart Pigott, archaeologist, dies at 86
  • Sep 23 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 23 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, dies at 86
  • Sep 24 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, egyptologist, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Pavel Anatolievich Sudoplatov, spy, dies at 89
  • Sep 24 Zeki Müren, Turkish actor, singer, and composer (Game of Silence), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Sep 24 Henry Charles Gordon, American engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 70
  • Sep 25 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator, dies at 80
  • Sep 25 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, dies of cirrhosis at 45
  • Sep 26 Geoffrey Wilkinson, chemist, dies at 75
  • Sep 26 George Henderson, Scottish priest (Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1977-92), dies at 74
  • Sep 26 Mark Frankel, British actor (Leon the Pig Farmer), dies in a motorcycle accident at 34
  • Sep 27 Mohammad Najibullah, President of Afghanistan (1987-92), executed at 49
  • Sep 28 Bob Gibson, American folk musician, dies at 64
  • Sep 29 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), dies at 73
  • Sep 29 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, dies at 87
  • Sep 29 Leslie Crowther, entertainer, dies at 63>>
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Gille, writer translator/editor, dies at 59
  • Sep 30 Frances Lear, writer, dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Udom Patpongsiri, property developer, dies at 79