What Happened in September 2011

Historical Events

Sports History

Sep 3 Following his disqualification in the 100m, Jamaica's Usain Bolt runs a season best 19.40 to win the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea

  • Sep 7 Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
  • Sep 8 Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks in a Paris court and fined €6,000
  • Sep 9 58th National Film Awards (India): "Adaminte Makan Abu" wins the Golden Lotus

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Samantha Stosur becomes first Australian to win a Grand Slam title since 1980; upsets Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3

Love On Top

Sep 12 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Election of Interest

Sep 14 Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election

  • Sep 15 Ford Motor Company closes St. Thomas Assembly automobile plant in Southwold, Ontario, after 44 years resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 jobs

Music History

Sep 15 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs with the NY Philharmonic and guests Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, and Pretty Yende, on the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park; 70,000 in attendance


Sep 16 The critically acclaimed "Drive", starring Ryan Gosling, is released

#1 in the Charts

Sep 17 British singer-songwriter Adele's single "Someone Like You" goes to #1 in US; track was also topped charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and UK

  • Sep 17 Occupy Wall Street movement against economic inequality and the influence of money in politics begins in Zucotti Park, New York City
  • Sep 18 36th Toronto International Film Festival: "Where Do We Go Now?" directed by Nadine Labaki wins the People's Choice Award (Drama)

Emmy Awards

Sep 18 63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win

Two and a Half Men

Sep 19 Ashton Kutcher debuts on "Two and a Half Men", replacing Charlie Sheen

Call Me Maybe

Sep 20 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

New Girl

Sep 20 "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox

  • Sep 20 The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.
  • Sep 21 Scandinavian crime drama "The Bridge" created by Hans Rosenfeldt, starring Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia premieres
  • Sep 25 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Killeen Castle, Ireland: Europe regain Cup 15-13; Azahara Muñoz beats Angela Stanford 1-up to clinch the Cup for Europe
2011 History

Famous Weddings

Mark Ronson

Sep 3 English DJ and record producer Mark Ronson (36) weds French actress Josephine De La Baume (27) in Aix-en-Provence, France

  • Sep 4 American fashion model and designer Lauren Bush (28) weds American businessman David Lauren (40), son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren at the 17,000 acre farm in Colorado
  • Sep 10 Actress Amy Smart (36) weds TV personality and model Carter Oosterhouse (35) in Traverse City, Michigan
  • Sep 17 Actor and film producer David Clayton Rogers (34) weds actress Sally Pressman (31) at Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • Sep 24 Model and actress Molly Sims (38) weds film producer Scott Stuber at Frank Caferatta Vineyards in Napa, California
  • Sep 30 Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis (26) weds TV host and actress Kathryn Camsey in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 23 American actress Lisa Linde (39) divorces American "X-Men" actor James Marsden (38) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Olivia Wilde

Sep 29 "House M.D." actress Olivia Wilde (26) divorces Italian prince Tao Ruspoli (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • Sep 2 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • Sep 4 Lee Roy Selmon, American College-Pro Football HOF defensive end (NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1979; First-team All-Pro 1979, 80, 82; 6× Pro Bowl; TB Buccaneers), dies from a stroke at 56
  • Sep 6 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer, and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", dies at 81
  • Sep 7 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Stanley Cup 1989 Calgary Flames; NHL All-Star 1988; Plus-Minus Award +48 1989), dies as head coach KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in plane crash at 52
  • Sep 7 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey center (World C'ship gold 2005; Carolina Hurricanes), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster at 30
  • Sep 7 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; 48 internationals), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash at 36

Cliff Robertson (1923-2011)

Sep 10 American actor (Charly, Spider-Man) and spokesman for AT&T, dies at 88

  • Sep 11 Andy Whitfield, Welsh actor (Spartacus), dies of cancer at 39
  • Sep 11 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • Sep 11 Christian Bakkerud, Danish racing driver (b. 1984)
  • Sep 12 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)
  • Sep 12 Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 DJ Mehdi [Favéris-Essadi], French hip hop and electro producer, dies from falling through a skylight at his home at 34
  • Sep 13 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • Sep 14 Rudolf Mössbauer, German physicist (1961 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of 'recoilless nuclear resonance fluorescence'), dies at 82
  • Sep 15 Frances Bay, Canadian-American character actress (Twin Peaks - "Mrs. Tremond"), dies of pneumonia at 92
  • Sep 17 Charles H. Percy, American businessman and politician (Senator-R-Illinois 1967-85), dies at 91
  • Sep 17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (National Gallery of Australia), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Kurt Sanderling, German conductor (East Berlin Symphony 1960-77), dies at 98
  • Sep 19 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Sep 19 Thomas Capano, American lawyer and Delaware deputy attorney general who was convicted of murder, dies in prison at 61
  • Sep 20 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • Sep 20 Robert Whitaker, British photographer whose work was used on Beatles and Cream album covers, dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • Sep 21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • Sep 23 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), dies at 97
  • Sep 25 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), dies at 78

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Sep 25 Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), dies from ovarian cancer at 71

  • Sep 26 Bob Cassilly, American artist, sculptor, and founder of the St. Louis City Museum, dies in a bulldozer accident at 61
  • Sep 26 Harry Muskee, Dutch blues-rock vocalist (Cuby & Blizzards), dies of cancer at 70
  • Sep 27 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • Sep 27 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country music songwriter and singer, dies of stroke complications at 80
  • Sep 29 Hella Haasse, 'Grande Dame of Dutch Literature' (Oeroeg, The Tea Lords), dies at 93
  • Sep 29 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), dies of congestive heart failure at 76
  • Sep 30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and Islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • Sep 30 Marv Tarplin, American guitarist and songwriter (The Miracles, 1958-73 - "The Tracks of My Tears"), dies at 70