What Happened in September 2004

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 1 Beslan school hostage crisis begins as armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia

Sports History

Sep 1 Sexual assault charge against LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is dropped by the Eagle County District Attorney's offices in Colorado after the victim decides not to participate

  • Sep 3 The Beslan school massacre ends in the deaths of approximately 344 people, mostly teachers and children.
  • Sep 4 Dramatic film "Finding Neverland" about playwright J. M. Barrie's relationship with a family who inspired his creation of Peter Pan, premieres at the Venice Film Festival
  • Sep 7 Hurricane Ivan, a Category 5 hurricane hitting Grenada, killing 39 and damaging 90% of its buildings.

Sports History

Sep 7 Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid is named Player of the Year by the International Cricket Council

  • Sep 8 The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.
  • Sep 9 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people

Film Premiere

Sep 10 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

  • Sep 11 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria)
  • Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Svetlana Kuznetsova wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5
  • Sep 12 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; outclasses Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

  • Sep 15 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

Baseball Record

Sep 17 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy

  • Sep 17 Tamil is declared the first classical language in India.
  • Sep 18 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 18 Farm Aid 17 held in Auburn, Washington; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Marc Broussard [1]

  • Sep 19 56th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, Arrested Development, James Spader and Allison Janney win

Sports History

Sep 19 NFL Oakland Raider wide receiver Jerry Rice ends NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 13-10 victory over Buffalo Bills [1]

  • Sep 19 Ryder Cup Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Europe retains Cup wins 18½-9½; victory margin largest by a European team in history of the event
  • Sep 21 Construction of the Burj Dubai starts

Album Release

Sep 21 Green Day release their album "American Idiot" in the US

  • Sep 21 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

  • Sep 22 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (MLB record) for the second time (1 May 2004)

Film & TV History

Sep 22 Teen noir series "Veronica Mars" created by Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell premieres on UPN in the US

  • Sep 23 At least 1,070 in Haiti reported killed by floods due to Hurricane Jeanne
  • Sep 26 Ed Whitlock becomes 1st person over 70 to complete a marathon in under 3 hours (2:54:48) at Toronto Marathon
  • Sep 29 Asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth
  • Sep 29 The Burt Rutan Ansari X Prize entry SpaceShipOne performed a successful spaceflight, the first of two needed to win the prize
  • Sep 30 The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.
  • Sep 30 The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 "Baywatch" actress Gena Lee Nolin (32) weds NHL hockey player Cale Hulse (30) at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 4 Rap singer Juvenile (29) weds Shadonna Jones at The Victory Fellowship Church in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone (27) weds Kelly Baldwin (27) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York
  • Sep 9 Crown Prince of Brunei Al-Muhtadee Billah (30) weds commoner Pengiran Anak Sarah (17) at Nurul Iman Palace in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Britney Spears

Sep 18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Al Unser Jr.

Sep 22 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (42) weds Gina Soto

  • Sep 24 Former "Baywatch" actor Michael Bergin (35) weds makeup artist Joy Tilk (34) at Hanalei Bay Resort in Kauai, Hawaii

Kevin Costner

Sep 25 Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner (49) weds model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner (30) at his 165-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado


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Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
  • Sep 1 Johnny Bragg, American doo-wop singer-songwriter (The Prisonaires - "Just Walkin' in the Rain"), dies of cancer at 79
  • Sep 1 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, dies at 88
  • Sep 2 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)
  • Sep 2 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 3 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ("reet Petite": I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"), dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • Sep 4 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • Sep 4 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • Sep 7 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • Sep 8 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • Sep 9 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), dies at 52
  • Sep 9 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • Sep 10 Brock Adams, American politician, dies at 77
  • Sep 11 David Mann, American graphic artist of biker culture, dies at 64
  • Sep 11 Fred Ebb, American musical theater lyricist, with John Kander (Cabaret; Chicago; New York, New York; Funny Lady) dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Sep 11 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, dies at 55
  • Sep 12 John Buller, British composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 12 Kenny Buttrey, American session drummer based in Nashville (Bob Dylan; Neil Young; Elvis Presley; Joan Baez, Jimmy Buffett), dies of cancer at 59
  • Sep 13 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)

Johnny Ramone

Sep 15 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), dies of prostate cancer at 55

  • Sep 15 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, dies at 73
  • Sep 16 Izora Rhodes Armstead, American singer (The Weather Girls), dies at 62
  • Sep 18 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, dies at 76
  • Sep 18 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • Sep 18 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • Sep 19 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies of complications from ALS at 71
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, hotel operator, and civil rights activist, dies at 96
  • Sep 19 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country-pop singer-songwriter ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"; "Set Him Free"; "The End Of The World"), dies of breast cancer at 72
  • Sep 20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager, dies of cancer at 69
  • Sep 20 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Sep 21 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • Sep 21 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • Sep 22 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • Sep 22 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), dies at 89
  • Sep 23 André Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), dies at 53
  • Sep 23 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • Sep 23 Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, dies at 90
  • Sep 24 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • Sep 24 Joep Straesser, Dutch composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri), dies at 70
  • Sep 24 Marvin Davis, CEO (Davis Oil Company), dies at 79
  • Sep 26 Marianna Komlos, professional wrestling valet (b. 1969)
  • Sep 27 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • Sep 27 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • Sep 28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • Sep 28 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
  • Sep 28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • Sep 29 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • Sep 30 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 30 Justin Strzelczyk, American NFL football offensive tackle, 1990-98 (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies in high speed car crash while being pursued by police at 36; autopsy revealed brain damage due to chronic concussion injuries
  • Sep 30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • Sep 30 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 70