What Happened in September 1999

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 56th Venice Film Festival: "Yi ge dou bu neng shao" directed by Zhang Yimou wins Golden Lion

Sports History

Sep 1 Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux is approved as new owner of the struggling franchise; Penguins become first club in pro sports history to be owned by a former member of the team

Film Premiere

Sep 2 "Being John Malkovich" premieres directed by Spike Jonze, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz

  • Sep 3 Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially takes over the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins; Lemieux is first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he once played for
  • Sep 4 MLB's Cincinnati Reds set a National League record with 9 home runs as they rout the Philadelphia Phillies, 22-3
  • Sep 7 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.

Film Premiere

Sep 8 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

  • Sep 8 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Film Premiere

Sep 10 "Fight Club" film based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt premieres at the Venice Film Festival

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title; beats World #1 Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6

  • Sep 12 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 12 Farm Aid 12 held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, and Barenaked Ladies [1]

  • Sep 12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins 2nd and final US title; beats fellow American Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

  • Sep 13 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.

Sports History

Sep 13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos

  • Sep 14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • Sep 16 14.8 inches (37.6 cm) rainfall from Hurricane Floyd at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (state record)
  • Sep 16 1st ever season of "Big Brother" reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 18 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Stanford, California: Lindsay Davenport beats Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their record extending 16th title

Television Premiere

Sep 20 TV crime procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" created by Dick Wolf, starring Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni premieres on NBC

  • Sep 21 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead

Television Debut

Sep 22 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • Sep 23 Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
  • Sep 26 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • Sep 30 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 13 Destiny Rogers, American pop and R&B singer ("Tomboy"), born in Lodi, California
  • Sep 28 Olivia Jade Giannulli, American Youtuber (daughter of Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin)
  • Sep 29 Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal, son of Infanta Cristina de Borbon, born in Barcelona, Spain

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 "The Steve Harvey Show" actor Cedric The Entertainer (35) weds Lorna Wells (33)
  • Sep 11 Actress Jenny McCarthy (26) weds actor-director John Mallory Asher (28) in the Crystal Gardens at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Jet Li

Sep 19 Chinese martial artist Jet Li (36) weds actress Nina Li Chi (37) in Los Angeles

  • Sep 26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 W. Richard Stevens, Zambian computer scientist (b. 1951)
  • Sep 4 Klement Slavický, Czech composer (Sinfonietta No. 4 - Pax hominibus in universo orbi) dies at 88 [1]
  • Sep 5 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), dies at 71
  • Sep 5 Albert Oram, Baron Oram, British Labour politician, dies at 86
  • Sep 5 Allen Funt, American TV host and creator (Candid Camera), dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician, dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 6 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • Sep 8 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet ("Cofee Beans"), dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • Sep 9 David Stafford-Clark, English psychiatrist, dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • Sep 9 Ruth Roman, American actress (Strangers on a Train, Knots Landing, Dallas), dies at 76
  • Sep 10 Alfredo Kraus, Spanish bel canto operatic tenor, dies at 71
  • Sep 11 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), commits suicide at 32
  • Sep 11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • Sep 12 Bill Quackenbush, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (8 x NHL All-Star; Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (Princeton), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 77
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • Sep 14 Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
  • Sep 17 Frankie Vaughan, British pop singer ("Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl"), dies of heart failure at 71
  • Sep 19 Ed Cobb, American pop vocalist (The Four Preps, 1956-66 -"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)"), songwriter ("Tainted Love"), sound engineer and producer, dies of leukemia at 61
  • Sep 20 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • Sep 20 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 93
  • Sep 20 Tahia Carioca, Egyptian actress and belly dancer (Watch Out For Zouzou), dies at 79
  • Sep 20 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), dies from heart failure at 90

George C. Scott

Sep 22 George C. Scott, American actor (Dr. Strangelove), dies of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm at 71

  • Sep 22 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • Sep 23 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies at 89
  • Sep 24 Torsten Nilsson, Swedish organist, choral director, and composer (Out of the Night of the Earth), dies at 79
  • Sep 25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American sci-fi author (Storm Queen), dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)
  • Sep 30 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86