On This Day

What Happened in September 2006

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 The United States men's basketball team is upset at the World Basketball Championships in Saitama, Japan, as the hot-shooting Greece pulls off a 101-95 semi final victory
  • Sep 1 Luxembourg becomes the 1st country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting

Sports History

Sep 1 Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner

  • Sep 3 Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie wins the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award, joining Sheryl Swoopes as the league's only three-time winners

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 3 Andre Agassi loses to 112th-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the 3rd round at the US Open in his final career match; 8-time Grand Slam winner finishes with record of 870-274

Golf Tournament

Sep 4 Tiger Woods matches the lowest final round of his career (8-under 63) in the Deutsche Bank C'ship at Norton, MA to win for the 5th straight time and 7th time this PGA Tour season

  • Sep 4 Damon Allen moves past ex-CFL & NFL star Warren Moon as pro football's all-time leading passer; throws for 207 yards & 2 scores as Toronto routs Hamilton, 40-6; Allen 70,595 career passing yards

Historic Publication

Sep 6 "New Moon" second book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown, sells 5.3 million copies (2015)

Film Premiere

Sep 7 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her first US title; overpowers Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 3rd straight US title; beats home favourite Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

  • Sep 13 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • Sep 15 Trudy Pitts becomes 1st jazz artist to play a concert on Philadelphia's Kimmel Center's new 7,000 pipe organ
  • Sep 16 31st Toronto International Film Festival: "Bella" directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Charleroi, Belgium: Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdraws with an injured knee with decisive doubles match level at 1-set all; Italy wins first ever title, 3-2
  • Sep 18 Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
  • Sep 18 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)
  • Sep 19 Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • Sep 22 A German maglev train crashes, killing 23.
  • Sep 22 The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy
  • Sep 22 Hezbollah claims "Divine Victory" over Israel in a massive demonstration in Beirut.
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup Golf, K Club, Ireland: Europe, captained by Ian Woosnam wins convincingly 18½-9½ for 3rd consecutive Cup victory

Film Premiere

Sep 26 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

  • Sep 29 US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced
  • Sep 30 National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopts the Constitutional Act that proclaims the new Constitution of Serbia

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 30 Farm Aid 19 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 6 Prince Hisahito of Akishino, Japan Imperial Family member, born in Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 2 Former "EastEnders" actress Hannah Waterman (31) weds actor Ricky Groves (38) at a country church in Inwardleigh, England
  • Sep 2 "Color Me Badd" singer Sam Watters (36) weds American Idol first season finalist Tamyra Gray (27) on a cliff on the island of Capri
  • Sep 2 "7th Heaven" actor Jeremy London (33) weds actress Melissa Cunningham at Hidden Chateau and Garden in West Hills, California
  • Sep 2 "Rodney" actress Jennifer Aspen (32) weds actor David O'Donnell in Los Angeles
  • Sep 4 Television presenter Sally Meen (41) weds show business agent Russ Lindsay at Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey

Iva Majoli

Sep 9 Tennis player Iva Majoli (29) weds local businessman Stipe Marić

  • Sep 12 NBA basketball star Tracy McGrady (27) weds CleRenda Harris at the sandy beach in Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Sep 14 Former B*Witched member Lindsay Armaou weds former "911" member Lee Brennan at St. Mary's Parish Church in County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Sep 16 Aga Khan's son Prince Hussain weds Kristin White on the grounds of Chateau de Chantilly in France
  • Sep 16 Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd (29) weds Mel Gibson's daughter Hannah Gibson at the altar of The Holy Family Church in Malibu
  • Sep 18 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • Sep 29 Prince Louis of Luxembourg (20) weds Tessy Antony (26) at a parish church in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg
  • Sep 30 Hanson pop rocker Isaac Hanson (25) weds Nicole Dufresne (22) at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 30 Actress Amanda Peet (34) weds screenwriter David Benioff (36) at Friends Seminary Quaker School in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Sir Kyffin Williams, Welsh landscape painter (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1 Bob O'Connor, American politician (Mayor of Pittsburgh, 2006), dies of brain cancer at 61
  • Sep 1 Nellie Connally, wife of Texas governor John Connally (b. 1919)
  • Sep 1 Warren Mitofsky, American pollster (b. 1934)
  • Sep 2 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 2 Willi Ninja, dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • Sep 2 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • Sep 2 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • Sep 2 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • Sep 3 Annemarie Wendl, German actress (Lindenstraße, Der Seitensprung), dies at 91
  • Sep 3 Ian Hamer, British jazz trumpeter and session musician (Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"; Top of the Pops studio band), dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)

Steve Irwin

Sep 4 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

  • Sep 4 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • Sep 4 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, dies at 64
  • Sep 4 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), dies of natural causes at 90
  • Sep 7 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), dies at 81
  • Sep 7 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Sep 8 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 8 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • Sep 8 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87
  • Sep 8 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • Sep 8 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • Sep 9 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • Sep 9 William B. Ziff Jr., American magazine publishing executive, (Modern Bride; Popular Electronics, PC Magazine), dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 10 Patty Berg, American golfer (15 major titles, US Open 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Sep 10 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), dies at 88
  • Sep 11 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)
  • Sep 11 Pat Corley, American actor (b. 1930)

Joachim Fest

Sep 11 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), dies at 79

  • Sep 11 Johannes Bob van Benthem, Dutch lawyer (b. 1921)
  • Sep 13 Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
  • Sep 14 Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, bodybuilder and the 1955 Mr. Universe, dies from multiple myeloma at 80
  • Sep 14 Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
  • Sep 15 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • Sep 15 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Pablo Santos, Mexican actor (b. 1987)
  • Sep 16 Rob Levin, creator of Freenode (b. 1955)
  • Sep 16 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1953, 56-58; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 81
  • Sep 17 Patricia Kennedy Lawford, American socialite (b. 1924)
  • Sep 17 Alvin Wayne "Al" Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy: The Wrecking Crew) dies at 69
  • Sep 18 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1925)
  • Sep 19 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (b. 1929)
  • Sep 19 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • Sep 19 Chuck Rio [Daniel Flores], American rock singer, saxophonist, and songwriter (The Champs - "Tequila"), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Sep 19 Hugh Kawharu, New Zealander Ngāti Whātua Māori chief (b. 1927)
  • Sep 19 Martha Holmes, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Sep 20 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, dies at 74
  • Sep 20 John W. Peterson, American hymn writer ("It Took a Miracle"), publisher and editor (Singspiration), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • Sep 20 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), dies at 83
  • Sep 21 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock bassist and singer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bad Company, 1973-82), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Sep 22 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 22 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)
  • Sep 22 Ewald Krolis, Suriname Dutch percussionist and kaseko singer (Caribbean Combo - Mi Kanto Ma Mi De Ete (Fallen But Not Defeated), dies at 59
  • Sep 23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • Sep 23 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • Sep 24 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), dies at 78
  • Sep 24 Henry "Mule" Townsend, American blues singer, guitarist, and piano player, dies at 96
  • Sep 25 Jeff Cooper, American firearms expert (b. 1920)
  • Sep 25 John M. Ford, American sci-fi author and poet, dies at 49

Sofia Muratova

Sep 25 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

Byron Nelson

Sep 26 Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), dies of a blood disorder at 94

  • Sep 26 Tokyo Rose [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], American-born Japanese propagandist (WWII), dies at 90
  • Sep 26 Philip Randle, British biochemist (Randle cycle), dies at 80
  • Sep 28 Viktor Kalabis, Czech composer (Two Worlds), dies at 83
  • Sep 29 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), killed in Iraq at 25
  • Sep 29 Jan Werner Danielsen, Norwegian singer, dies of heart failure at 30
  • Sep 29 Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic (b. 1926)
  • Sep 29 Louis-Albert Cardinal Vachon, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • Sep 29 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 2 x 50; Canterbury; father of Richard, Dayle & Barry), dies from a stroke at 91