On This Day

What Happened in September 2007

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Clay Buchholz becomes first Boston Red Sox rookie to pitch a no-hitter. In just his second MLB appearance; beats Baltimore Orioles 10-0 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 1 Tyson Gay helps US win the men's 4 x 100m relay at the world track & field championships in Osaka, Japan to join Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win 3 gold medals at one world meet
  • Sep 1 In one of the biggest upsets in college football history, 109,218 fans see Appalachian State's Corey Lynch block a Jason Gingell 37-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds remaining to inspire an epic 34-32 win v Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Sep 3 Panama Canal's "Third Set of Locks" expansion project begins with a huge initial explosion under Paraíso Hill that is watched by thousands of people
  • Sep 5 Three terrorists suspected to be a part of Al-Qaeda are arrested in Germany after allegedly planning attacks on both the Frankfurt International airport and US military installations.
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Switzerland's Roger Federer wins 4th consecutive US title; beats Novak Đoković of Serbia 7-6, 7-6, 6-4

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 9 Farm Aid 20 held in Randall Island, New York City; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Merle Haggard, Billy Joe Shaver, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, and Jimmy Sturr

Coup d'état

Sep 10 Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.

  • Sep 11 Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.

Historic Event

Sep 12 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Historic Event

Sep 12 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

Historic Event

Sep 14 Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect.

  • Sep 14 53rd National Film Awards (India): "Kaalpurush" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Sep 15 32nd Toronto International Film Festival: "Eastern Promises" directed by David Cronenberg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.

Emmy Awards

Sep 16 59th Emmy Awards: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, James Spader & Sally Field win

  • Sep 16 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Halmstad GK, Sweden: US retains Cup 16-12; after trailing by a point US dominates singles 8½-3½
  • Sep 16 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)
  • Sep 17 AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York City

Election of Interest

Sep 18 Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president

  • Sep 18 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.

Sports History

Sep 19 MS Dhoni named Captain of Indian Cricket team for the 1st time for the ICC World Twenty20

Film & TV History

Sep 21 George Clooney is injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey

Film Release

Sep 21 "Into the Wild" starring Emile Hirsch is released

Historic Event

Sep 24 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a controversial speech on the campus of Columbia University.

Television Premiere

Sep 24 "The Big Bang Theory" created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco premieres on CBS

Album Release

Sep 25 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (Grammy Album of the Year, 2008)

  • Sep 25 Bungie Studios release Halo 3 for Xbox 360

Album Release

Sep 25 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 15th studio album "Magic", made with the E Street Band

Album Release

Sep 25 Hear Music/Universal Records releases "Shine", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 19th studio album

  • Sep 26 Shinzō Abe formally ends his first term as Prime Minister of Japan
  • Sep 29 Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, the magnox reactor and Calder hall demolished in a controlled explosion
  • Sep 30 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai, China: Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr score as Germany beats Brazil, 2-0
  • Sep 30 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Montreal GC: David Toms and Scott Verplank remain undefeated as US beats International team, 19½–14½

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 22 Albert Windsor, English son of Lord Nicholas Windsor, (1st royal child to be baptized a Catholic since 1688)

Famous Weddings


Sep 1 Singer-songwriter Usher (28) weds hair stylist and wardrobe stylist Tameka Foster (37) at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Georgia

  • Sep 1 The first Apprentice winner Bill Rancic (36) weds E! News anchor Giuliana DePandi (32) at the Church of Santa Sofia in Capri, Italy
  • Sep 1 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Kate Walsh (39) weds movie executive Alex Young (35) at the Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai, California
  • Sep 1 "Dancing with the Stars" TV personality Alec Mazo (29) weds fellow dancer Edyta Sliwinska (28) in San Francisco, California

Ben Kingsley

Sep 3 Oscar winning actor Ben Kingsley (63) weds Brazilian actress Daniela Lavender (33) in North Leigh, Oxfordshire

Tobey Maguire

Sep 3 Actor Tobey Maguire (32) weds jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer (30) in Kona, Hawaii

  • Sep 8 Duchess Maria-Anna Henriette Gabrielle Julie in Bavaria (32) weds investment banker Klaus Runow near Munich, Germany
  • Sep 9 Country music artist Joe Nichols (30) weds Heather Singleton (30) at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia
  • Sep 14 "Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd (33) weds actress Alice Evans (36) in a small ceremony at the One and Only Palmilla Hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Sep 22 "Desperate Housewives" actor Ricardo Chavira (36) weds longtime girlfriend Marcea Dietzel in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 29 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Roy McKenzie, New Zealand philanthropist (b. 1922)
  • Sep 1 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak soccer goalkeeper (39 caps Czechoslovakia; Slovan Bratislava 240 games), dies at 76
  • Sep 2 Max McNab, National Hockey League executive (b. 1924)
  • Sep 2 Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer (b. 1957)
  • Sep 2 Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer, dies of breast cancer at 45
  • Sep 2 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (Frankie Darro, The Cisco), dies at 83
  • Sep 2 David "Fritz" Fryer, British pop guitarist and songwriter (The Four Pennies -"Juliet"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62
  • Sep 3 Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
  • Sep 3 Syd Jackson, Māori activist and trade unionist (b. 1939)
  • Sep 3 Carter Albrecht, American musician, dies in a gun accident at 34
  • Sep 3 Steve Fossett, American adventurer (1st person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon,) disappears while flying at 63
  • Sep 4 John Scott, Duke of Buccleuch, Scottish peer, then largest landowner in Scotland, 1st MP in a wheelchair, dies at 83
  • Sep 4 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, dies at 95
  • Sep 5 Jennifer Dunn, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington), dies at 66
  • Sep 5 Paul Gillmor, American politician (b. 1939)
  • Sep 5 D. James Kennedy, American televangelist (b. 1930)
  • Sep 5 Thomas Hansen (musician) (b. 1976)
  • Sep 5 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (University of Michigan), dies at 68
  • Sep 6 Madeleine L'Engle, American writer of young adult fiction, novelist, and poet (Wrinkle in Time and sequels; Ilsa; Lines Scribbled on an Envelope), dies at 88

Luciano Pavarotti

Sep 6 Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor (Oh Giorgio; The Three Tenors), dies at 71

  • Sep 6 Alex, African Grey parrot "student" of Dr. Irene Pepperberg (b. 1976)
  • Sep 6 Percy Rodriguez [Rodrigues], Canadian actor (Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Brainwaves), dies of kidney failure at 89
  • Sep 8 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (b. 1917)
  • Sep 8 Nicholas Bethell, 4th Baron Bethell, British historian, dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), dies at 55
  • Sep 9 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), dies at 73

Jane Wyman

Sep 10 Jane Wyman, American Academy Award-winning actress (Johnny Belinda; Magnificent Obsession) and 1st wife of Ronald Reagan, dies of natural causes at 90

  • Sep 10 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), dies at 64 [1]
  • Sep 10 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
  • Sep 11 [Josef] Joe Zawinul, Austrian-American jazz keyboardist, composer and musician (Weather Report - "Birdland") dies from Merkel cell carcinoma at 75
  • Sep 12 Phil Frank, American cartoonist (Farley, The Elderberries comics), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
  • Sep 15 Colin McRae, Scottish rally driver (World Rally Championship 1995), dies following a helicopter crash at 39
  • Sep 15 Aldemaro Romero, Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger, and orchestral conductor, dies at 79
  • Sep 15 Brett Somers [Audrey Johnston], Canadian-American actress (The Odd Couple - "Blanche Madison"), and TV personality (Match Game), dies of cancer at 83
  • Sep 15 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (Red Norvo; Teddy Wilson; CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), dies of kidney disease at 85
  • Sep 16 Robert Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series (b. 1948)
  • Sep 16 Jean Balissat, Swiss composer pedagogue and conductor (Kaleidoscope for trumpet and percussion), dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Pepsi Tate Bassist from the glam-rock band, tigertailz (b. 1965)
  • Sep 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish soccer winger (7 caps Rep. Ireland; Norwich City 312 games), dies at 79
  • Sep 20 Juraj Pospíšil, Czech composer (November Triptych), and pedagogue (Bratislavia Conservatory, 1955-91), dies at 76
  • Sep 21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56), dies at 78
  • Sep 21 Alice Ghostley, American stage and screen actress (Bewitched, 1969-72 - "Esmeralda"; Designing Women, 1986-93 - "Bernice"), and singer dies of colon cancer and stroke complications at 84
  • Sep 21 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), dies at 88
  • Sep 21 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Sep 22 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • Sep 22 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (Bip the Clown; Silent Movie), dies at 84
  • Sep 25 Haidar Abdel-Shafi, Palestinian negotiator (b. 1919)
  • Sep 26 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra), dies at 94
  • Sep 26 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, dies at 77
  • Sep 27 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • Sep 28 Wally Parks, Founder of the NHRA (b. 1913)
  • Sep 29 Lois Maxwell [Hooker], Canadian actress (Goldfinger, Dr. No, Miss Moneypenny), dies at 80