What Happened in September 2003

Historical Events

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 123rd Men's U.S. Open: Andy Roddick beats Juan Carlos Ferrero (6-3, 7-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • Sep 7 123rd Women's U.S. Open: Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters (7-5, 6-1)
  • Sep 11 Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.
  • Sep 11 The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.
  • Sep 12 In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
  • Sep 12 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
  • Sep 13 28th Toronto International Film Festival: "Zatoichi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum
  • Sep 14 Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

Musician Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan
  • Sep 18 The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent
  • Sep 20 Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé
  • Sep 20 A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union
  • Sep 21 Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 21 55th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco wins

  • Sep 22 David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
  • Sep 23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US
  • Sep 25 A magnitude-8.0 earthquake strikes just offshore of Hokkaidō, Japan.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Actress Halle Berry announces her separation from second husband, R&B singer Eric Benet

Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
  • Sep 27 Smart 1 satellite is launched.
  • Sep 29 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 20 "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally (44) weds actor Nick Offerman (32) in Los Angeles
  • Sep 25 Prince of Venice and Piedmont Emanuele Filiberto (31) weds French actress Clotilde Courau (34) at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Sir Terry Frost, British artist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 3 Paul Jennings Hill, American anti-abortion murderer (b. 1954)
  • Sep 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 4 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie, Canadian-born singer (b. 1927)
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 6 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • Sep 7 The Great Antonio, Canadian eccentric (b. 1925)
  • Sep 7 Warren Zevon, American musician (b. 1947)
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian voice actress (b. 1986)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 8 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 9 Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), dies at 95

Physicist Edward Teller
Edward Teller
  • Sep 9 Thomas Edward Allibone, English Physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), dies at 99
  • Sep 11 Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1957)
  • Sep 11 John Ritter, American actor (b. 1948)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 12 Johnny Cash, American country singer (I Hear the Train Coming), dies at 71

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Sep 13 Frank O'Bannon, Governor of Indiana (b. 1930)
  • Sep 14 Yetunde Price, half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams (b. 1972)
  • Sep 14 John Serry, Sr., American musician, (b. 1915)
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Sep 17 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 18 Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Sep 18 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • Sep 19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • Sep 20 Gordon Mitchell, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Sep 20 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (b. 1922)
  • Sep 22 Gordon Jump, American television actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Hugo Young, British journalist (b. 1938)
  • Sep 23 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • Sep 23 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American singer and disc jockey (b. 1924)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, American actor (b. 1915)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Betther, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
  • Sep 25 Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)
  • Sep 25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 25 Edward Said, Palestinian-born literary critic (b. 1935)
  • Sep 25 Franco Modigliani, Italian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer (b. 1949)
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American guitarist (b. 1963)
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • Sep 28 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Elia Kazan, Greek-born American film director (b. 1909)
  • Sep 28 George Odlum, Saint Lucian politician (b. 1934)
  • Sep 30 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • Sep 30 Yusuf Bey, Black Muslim leader (b. 1935)