What Happened in September 1996

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

Sep 2 Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói (MAC) designed by Oscar Niemeyer inaugurated in Niterói, Brazil

  • Sep 2 Soyuz TM-24, lands
  • Sep 3 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • Sep 4 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrissette and The 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

Sports History

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

Music History

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

US 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

  • Sep 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • Sep 8 American children's program "Blue's Clues" debuts on Nickelodeon cable channel

Theatrical Finale

Sep 8 August Wilson's drama "Seven Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 188 performances

  • Sep 11 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham
  • Sep 14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award

Baseball Record

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

  • 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 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
  • Sep 15 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½

Sports History

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

  • Sep 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Courtroom reality show "Judge Judy" with Judge Judith Sheindlin premieres in the US

  • Sep 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City, Florida on WTBB 97.7 FM

Baseball Record

Sep 16 MLB Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor becomes 21st player to reach 3,000 hits

  • Sep 16 NASA launches Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17)
  • Sep 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Baseball Record

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

  • Sep 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC

Film Release

Sep 20 Paramount Pictures releases cult revenge comedy "The First Wives Club" starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, and directed by Hugh Wilson

  • 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)

Treaty of Interest

Sep 24 US President Bill Clinton signs the "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty" at the United Nations

  • Sep 25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.

Baseball Record

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

  • 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 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • Sep 28 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • 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)

Music History

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

  • Sep 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs

Federation 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

  • 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

Famous Birthdays

ZendayaZendaya (26 years old)

Sep 1 American actress (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Euphoria), singer and dancer, born in Oakland, California

  • Sep 7 Donovan Mitchell, American NBA player (Utah Jazz), born in Elmsford, New York
  • Sep 8 Krystal Reyes, Filipina actress (Bakekang), born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Sep 12 Colin Ford, American actor (Under the Dome; We Bought a Zoo), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 13 Playboi Carti [Jordan Carter], American rapper (Whole Lotta Red), born in Riverdale, Georgia
  • Sep 23 Evgeny Rylov, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 100/200m backstroke 2021; World C'ship gold 200m 2017, 19), born in Novotroitsk, Russia
  • Sep 27 Daeg Faerch, Danish-born Canadian actor
  • Sep 27 Iman bint Al Abdullah II, princess of Jordan
  • 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 Czech model-actress Eva Herzigova (23) weds American "Bon Jovi" drummer Tico Torres (43) in Sea Bright, New Jersey; divorce in 1998
  • Sep 14 Actress Liz Keifer (33) weds Robert Convertino (41) at Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City

John F. Kennedy Jr.

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

  • Sep 21 Supermodel Christie Brinkey marries for 4th time to Peter Cook

Jim Carrey

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

  • 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 Charles Daniels, archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 1 George Levy, English antique dealer, heritage campaigner, dies at 69
  • Sep 1 Karl Kehrle, Benedictine monk and beekeeper, dies at 98
  • Sep 1 Vagn Holmboe, Danish neo-classical composer (Sinfonia rustica), dies at 86
  • Sep 2 Cyril Reuben, Welsh classical and session violinist (London Symphony), 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 Ljuba Welitsch, opera singer, dies at 83
  • 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, Italian pianist and 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 Jack Pepys, immunologist, dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66
  • Sep 10 Hans List, Austrian scientist and inventor, dies at 100
  • 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 11 Guido Aristarco, Italian 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 Ricardo López, Uruguayan-born American stalker of Björk, commits suicide aged 21
  • Sep 12 Richard Barrer, New Zealand-born chemist (father of zeolite chemistry), dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist, dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Toma Prošev, Macedonian composer, and pedagogue, dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, dies at 68
  • Sep 13 Cesar Mendoza, general of Military junta of Chile (1973-85), dies at 78
  • Sep 13 Jane Baxter, British 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

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur (1971-1996)

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

  • 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, English-South African stage and screen actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies of pancreatic cancer. 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, British bar owner (Harry's New York - Paris, France), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 16 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • Sep 16 Kai Laursen, Danish concert violinist, dies at 74
  • 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

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew (1918-1996)

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

  • 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 a 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, Latvian-Canadian ballet dancer, choeographer, and troupe director, 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 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • Sep 23 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), dies at 94
  • Sep 23 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, dies at 86
  • Sep 24 Henry Charles Gordon, American engineer and astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 70
  • 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 25 Betty Gathergood, British curator (Dr. Johnson's House), 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, English chemist (1973 Nobel Prize - organometallic compounds), 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 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, dies at 87
  • Sep 29 Leslie Crowther, English comedian and TV host (The pPrice is Right), dies at 63
  • Sep 29 Shūsaku Endō, Japanese writer (Sea & Poison, Silence), dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Aubrey Brabazon, Irish jockey and horse trainer, dies at 76
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Gille, French writer, translator and editor, dies at 59
  • Sep 30 Frances Lear, American magazine publisher (Lears), dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Udom Patpongsiri, Thai property developer (Father of the Thai sex industry), dies at 79