What Happened in September 2009

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 66th Venice Film Festival: "Lebanon" directed by Samuel Maoz wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 5 Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.
  • Sep 6 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Priddis Greens GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 5 strokes from a group of 5 players
  • Sep 9 Cyprus enters recession after 0.6% contraction in the first quarter, followed by 0.4% in the second quarter
  • Sep 11 Sweden emerges from the recession after witnessing GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter
  • Sep 11 The Brazilian economy technically leaves the recession when GDP grew 1.9% in the second quarter of 2009 after having fallen in the first quarter of 2009 and last quarter of 2008
  • Sep 12 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties
  • Sep 12 The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters becomes first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3

Film & TV History

Sep 14 David Attenborough and Prince William officially open the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum London, in what is the Museum's most significant expansion since 1881

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 14 US Open Men's Tennis: Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina wins his first Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2

  • Sep 18 The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 19 34th Toronto International Film Festival: "Precious" directed by Lee Daniels wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 21 Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter

Television Premiere

Sep 22 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Television Premiere

Sep 23 TV comedy "Modern Family" premieres on ABC, starring Ed 'Neill and Sofia Vergara

  • Sep 26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

Election of Interest

Sep 27 German Federal elections return Angela Merkel for her second term as Chancellor at head of centre-right coalition government

  • Sep 28 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
  • Sep 29 An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami
  • Sep 29 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a third and final Mercury flyby

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 4 Singer and actress Christina Milian (27) weds singer-songwriter The-Dream (31) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, divorce in 2007
  • Sep 12 Financial analyst and only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor (30) weds actress Sophie Winkleman (29) at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England
  • Sep 12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • Sep 18 Grammy-winning rock-folk singer Lucinda Williams (56) weds manager Tom Overby at First Avenue in Minneapolis

Zooey Deschanel

Sep 19 "500 Days of Summer" actress Zooey Deschanel (29) weds "Death Cab for Cutie" singer Ben Gibbard (33) in Seattle, Washington

  • Sep 26 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 26 "Half and Half" actress Essence Atkins (37) weds football free safety Jaime Mendez (38) at Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California
  • Sep 26 Actress and model Jaime Pressly (35) weds entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) at Dick Clark estate in Malibu

Khloé Kardashian

Sep 27 Businesswoman and TV personality Khloé Kardashian (28) weds NBA basketball forward Lamar Odom (32) in Beverly Hills, California

  • Sep 29 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Famous Divorces

Peter Andre

Sep 8 90s pop sensation singer Peter Andre (36) divorces glamour model Katie Price (31) due to unreasonable behaviour after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jake Brockman, British rock keyboardist (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • Sep 1 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress (b. 1974)
  • Sep 2 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • Sep 2 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • Sep 4 Buddy Blattner, American MLB and table tennis player, dies at 89
  • Sep 4 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • Sep 8 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)
  • Sep 8 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian and the world's oldest living person, dies at 115

Jack Kramer

Sep 12 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), dies of cancer at 88

  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), dies at 95
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Sep 13 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), dies at 83
  • Sep 14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • Sep 14 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73
  • Sep 14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • Sep 14 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Sep 14 Patrick Swayze, American actor (Ghost), dancer (Dirty Dancing), and songwriter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57

Mary Travers

Sep 16 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

  • Sep 16 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • Sep 17 Leon Kirchner, American contemporary classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • Sep 17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • Sep 19 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • Sep 19 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Sep 20 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91
  • Sep 23 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • Sep 24 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)
  • Sep 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), dies at 86
  • Sep 27 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)

William Safire

Sep 27 William Safire, American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79

  • Sep 28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • Sep 28 Ulf Larsson, Swedish actor (b. 1956)
  • Sep 29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • Sep 29 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)