On This Day

What Happened in September 2003

Historical Events

  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final Justine Henin-Hardenne wins her first US title; beats Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-1

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: American Andy Roddick wins his only career Grand Slam title; beats Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-3, 7-6, 6-3

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 7 Farm Aid 16 held in Columbus, Ohio; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, and Daniel Lanois [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 13 British rock singer Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) fractures spine falling while trying to enter his home after locking himself out, becomes permanently paralyzed from the waist down
  • Sep 14 Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum
  • Sep 14 Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
  • Sep 14 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland

Solheim Cup

Sep 14 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Barsebäck G & CC: Europe regains Cup; after Catriona Matthew beat Rosie Jones 3 & 1 to clinch, amid controversy 4 of 5 remaining matches are conceded for final score of 17½-10½

Album Release

Sep 15 ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie's 23rd studio album, "Reality"; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour

Music History

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

  • 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

Emmy 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.
  • Sep 27 Smart 1 satellite is launched by the European Space Agency from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, for a moon orbit.
  • Sep 28 Final game played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Atlanta Braves defeat Phillies, 5-2
  • Sep 29 Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 3 Eileen Gu, Chinese freestyle skier (Olympic gold halfpipe, big air 2022; World C'ship gold halfpipe, slopestyle 2021), born in San Francisco, California

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 Divorces

Halle Berry

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

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Terry Frost, British artist, dies at 87
  • Sep 1 (Arlington) Rand Brooks, American actor (Gone With The Wind; Rin Tin Tin), dies of cancer at 84
  • Sep 2 Bruce Waibel, American touring and session rock bassist (Gregg Allman; Firehouse), takes his own life at 45
  • Sep 3 Paul Jennings Hill, American anti-abortion murderer (b. 1954)
  • Sep 3 Rudolf Leiding, German auto executive and 3rd postwar chairman of Volkswagen, dies at 88
  • Sep 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), dies at 82
  • Sep 4 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • Sep 5 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), dies at 89
  • Sep 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 6 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician ("Werewolves of London"; "Lawyers, Guns and Money"; "Excitable Boy"), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (Caillou; 15/Love), dies in a car crash at 17

Leni Riefenstahl

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

  • Sep 8 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricket all-rounder (33 Tests, 2 x 100, 41 wickets, BB 6/49; Sind, Bombay, Rajasthan), dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)

Edward Teller

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

  • Sep 9 Thomas 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 and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), dies of an aortic dissection at 54

Johnny Cash

Sep 12 Johnny Cash, American country singer ("I Walk the Line"; "Ring of Fire"; "A Boy Named Sue"), dies at 71

  • Sep 13 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana, 1997-2003), dies of a stroke at 73(
  • Sep 13 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), dies at 63
  • Sep 14 Yetunde Price, half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams (b. 1972)
  • Sep 14 John Serry, Sr., American classical, jazz, and bolero accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, and educator, dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, British classical clarinetist (Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony; London Symphony), and teacher, dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • 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 19 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • Sep 20 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • Sep 20 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician (1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe), dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Gordon Jump, American actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), dies at 71
  • Sep 22 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American country singer, yodeler, and disc jockey, dies of congestive heart failure at 79
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, 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-American literary critic, dies at 67
  • Sep 25 Franco Modigliani, Italian economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 25 Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler, dies at 36
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter ("Addicted To Love"; The Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American session rock, jazz, and world fusion guitarist, dies of lung issues at 40
  • Sep 26 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 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

Althea Gibson

Sep 28 Althea Gibson, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of respiratory and bladder infections at 76

  • Sep 28 Elia Kazan, Greek-American film director (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 94
  • 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)
  • Sep 30 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]