On This Day

What Happened in September 2013

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Gareth Bale transfers from Tottenham Hotspur FC to Real Madrid for an estimated world record fee of £85.3 million (€100 million)
  • Sep 3 15 militants are killed by an Egyptian Army helicopter in Sinai Peninsula
  • Sep 3 Microsoft purchases Nokia for $7.2 Billion
  • Sep 6 20 people are killed by Islamist militants in villages in northeast Nigeria
  • Sep 7 14 Syrian rebels and 2 civilians are killed by heavy government shelling of Damascus
  • Sep 7 15 people are killed by a restaurant car bombing by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Sep 7 Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister of Australia after a Liberal-National Coalitions wins the election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Chinese President Xi Jinping announces plans to develop a new 'Silk Road Economic Belt' (part of Belt and Road Initiative) during visit to Kazakhstan

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Sep 8 11 people are killed and 18 are injured after a gunfire attack in Guatemala City
  • Sep 8 11 people are killed after a minibus collides with a train in Lasi, Romania
  • Sep 8 6 people are killed and 9 are injured after a minibus collides with a car in Jakarta, Indonesia

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 9 60 people are killed in conflict between rebels and loyalists in the Central African Republic
  • Sep 9 18 people are killed in conflict between government and Boko Harem troops in Borno State, Nigeria
  • Sep 9 44 people are killed and 45 are injured after a bus crashes into a ravine in Northern Guatemala
  • Sep 9 Erna Solberg is elected Prime Minister of Norway after a centre-right coalition wins a majority in their elections

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal wins his second US title; beats Novak Đoković 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 9 Barry Avrich’s film "Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story", about the life of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

Publisher Bob Guccione
Bob Guccione
  • Sep 10 16 people are killed after a series of bomb attacks across Iraq
  • Sep 10 Three people are killed after a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crashes in the Arctic Ocean
  • Sep 11 12 Alawite sect members are killed by rebel fighters in central Syria
  • Sep 13 30 people are killed by a mosque bombing attack in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Sep 13 9 people are killed after massive floods in Galati County, Romania
  • Sep 13 Jim Furyk fires 12-under-par 59 in the 2nd round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the 6th player to shoot sub-60 in a PGA Tour event
  • Sep 15 21 people are killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad and Shia provinces, Iraq
  • Sep 15 27 people are killed after a coal mine collapses in Afghanistan
  • Sep 15 Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor
  • Sep 15 Edi Rama is elected Prime Minister of Albania
  • Sep 15 38th Toronto International Film Festival: "12 Years a Slave" directed by Steve McQueen wins the People's Choice Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 2 strokes over New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko; first time event has major title status

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • Sep 16 21 people are killed by Hurricane Ingrid in Mexico
  • Sep 16 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 16 Paul Kagame wins the Rwandan presidency in a landslide
  • Sep 17 6 people are killed after a train and double-decker bus collide in Ottawa, Canada
  • Sep 20 46 soldiers are killed in army-base attacks in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen
  • Sep 20 Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales

  • Sep 20 Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is boarded by Russian military
  • Sep 20 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees
  • Sep 21 6 people are killed in military and insurgent conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • Sep 21 100 people are killed in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • Sep 21 59 people are killed and 175 wounded in a shopping mall gun battle in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sep 22 78 people are killed in a church suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Sep 22 65th Prime time Emmy Awards: "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" win

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 22 Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats win a third term with their best result since 1990 in German Federal elections

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Sep 23 25 people are killed after Typhoon Usagi passes Hong Kong and China
  • Sep 24 515 people are killed by a magnitude 7.7 earthquake in Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Sep 24 "The Goldbergs" by Adam F. Goldberg premieres in the US on ABC
  • Sep 25 Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 27 Lorde releases her debut studio album "Pure Heroine"

Singer Lorde
  • Sep 27 7 people are killed in mosque bombings in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Sep 27 19 people are killed and 45 are injured in a bus bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Sep 27 At least 22 people are killed after a refugee ship capsizes off the island of Java
  • Sep 27 60 people are killed after a building collapses in Mumbai, India
  • Sep 28 27 villagers are killed by Boko Harem in northeast Nigeria
  • Sep 28 Hawthorn defeats Fremantle to win the 2013 Australian Rules Premiership
  • Sep 29 42 people are killed by Boko Harem in a college attack in Gujba, Nigeria
  • Sep 29 16 people are killed by a Syrian Army air strike that hit a secondary school in Raqqa, Syria
  • Sep 30 54 people are killed by a series of car bombs in Baghdad, Iraq

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 1 Comedian Seth Meyers (39) weds human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts

Comedian and Writer Seth Meyers
Comedian and Writer
Seth Meyers
  • Sep 6 Actor Josh Charles (41) weds ballet dancer and author Sophie Flack at a private residence in Manhattan, New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 7 Actor Patrick Stewart (72) weds singer Sunny Ozell (35) near Lake Tahoe

  • Sep 10 TV personality Holly Madison (33) weds Insomniac Events founder Pasquale Rotella in a fairytale wedding at Disneyland

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer-songwriter John Legend (34) weds model Chrissy Teigen (27) at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
John Legend
Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 NBA player LeBron James (28) weds longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson at the Capella Chapel in San Diego, California

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 21 US billionaire investor and active supporter of liberal political causes George Soros (83) weds health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton (42) at his estate in Bedford, New York

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • Sep 21 Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg (35) weds singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (31) at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California
  • Sep 29 Actor and musician Jackson Rathbone (28) weds burlesque dancer Sheila Hafsadi in Malibu, California

Famous Deaths

Person of interestTommy Morrison

Sep 1 Tommy Morrison, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 1993) and actor (Rocky V), dies from AIDS at 44

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Sep 2 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), dies at 93
  • Sep 2 Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician (2nd Governor-General of Grenada (1978-92)), dies at 78
  • Sep 2 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), dies at 87
  • Sep 2 Ronald Coase, British economist (Nobel Prize in Economics 1991), dies at 102
  • Sep 3 Ariel Castro, Puerto Rican-born American criminal famous for kidnapping 3 women between 2002-4, commits suicide 1 month into his life sentence at 53
  • Sep 5 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Clay Shaw, American politician (Rep-R-FL, 1981-2007), dies from lung cancer at 74

Person of interestRay Dolby

Sep 12 Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor (Dolby noise limiting system), dies of leukemia at 80

Inventor Ray Dolby
Ray Dolby
  • Sep 12 Ray Milton Dolby, American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR, dies of leukemia at 80
  • Sep 13 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Rock Casares, American football player, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Stefan Wewerka, German architect and sculptor, dies at 84
  • Sep 16 Jackie Lomax, English singer-songwriter (Is This What You Want), dies at 69
  • Sep 17 Marvin Rainwater, American country and rockabilly singer, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Sep 18 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, dies at 70
  • Sep 18 Richard C. Sarafian, American director and actor (Foley Square), dies from complications from pneumonia at 83
  • Sep 18 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), dies at 93
  • Sep 19 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), dies from myelodysplastic syndrome at 67
  • Sep 19 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85
  • Sep 21 Roman Vlad, Romanian-born Italian composer, dies at 93
  • Sep 22 David Hubel, Canadian-born American neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Sep 23 Ruth Patrick, American botanist and limnologist, dies at 105
  • Sep 23 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), dies at 84
  • Sep 27 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74
  • Sep 27 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), dies at 83
  • Sep 28 Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), dies at 81
  • Sep 29 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, dies from kidney failure at 67