What Happened in September 2014

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Nalanda University in eastern Indian begins its first academic year, on the site of the world's oldest university, a Buddhist monastic institution that operated 427 to 1197 CE
  • Sep 4 Aracheological remains of a Viking fortress from the 900s CE, the Vallø Borgring, is discovered in Denmark
  • Sep 4 Monsoon rains begin and cause flooding over a sustained period that kills over 400 people in India & Pakistan
  • Sep 5 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone
  • Sep 7 American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Spanish pair Marcel Granollers & Marc López 6–3, 6–4 to win their Open era record 5th US men's tennis doubles title; extends record for most Grand Slam doubles titles (16)
  • Sep 7 Asteroid 2014 RC makes a close approach to Earth (39,900 km; 24,800 mi)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3, 6-3

Historic Event

Sep 8 Haider al-Abadi becomes the 75th Prime Minister of Iraq

  • Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Historic Event

Sep 9 Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, undergoes prostate surgery

  • Sep 11 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • Sep 13 40 people are killed after T. B. Joshua's The Synagogue Church of All Nations collapses in Nigeria
  • Sep 13 At least 8 people are killed after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines coast

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 13 Farm Aid held in Raleigh, north Carolina; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack White, Gary Clarke Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, Todd Snider, and Carlene Carter [1]

  • Sep 14 39th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Imitation Game" directed by Morten Tyldum wins the People's Choice Award

Golf Major

Sep 14 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: 19 year old South Korean Kim Hyo-joo wins by 1 stroke ahead of Australian runner-up Karrie Webb

  • Sep 14 The United States defeats Serbia 129-92 to win the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
  • Sep 15 Ewa Kopacz becomes Prime Minister of Poland

Historic Event

Sep 15 President Obama announces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus

Album Release

Sep 16 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades

  • Sep 17 Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First Party wins the first Fijian elections since his coup in 2006
  • Sep 18 8 people (including 2 children) are shot dead in Bell, Florida

Film & TV History

Sep 18 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

  • Sep 18 Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum

Album Release

Sep 19 Columbia Records releases "Cheek To Cheek", a duet album of jazz standards by singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; debuts at #1 on Billboard 200, Jazz Albums, and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.

  • Sep 20 New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance
  • Sep 22 NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars

Television Premiere

Sep 24 US sitcom "Black-ish" premieres created by Kenya Barris, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross

  • Sep 26 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teachers College go missing (and presumed murdered) in Iguala on their way to a protest - one of Mexico's worst human rights cases
  • Sep 26 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • Sep 27 57 people are killed after Mount Ontake erupts in Japan
  • Sep 27 Hawthorn Football Club defeats the Sydney Swans in the 2014 AFL Grand Final 137-74
  • Sep 27 New Zealand's All Blacks scores 4 tries to beat Argentina, 34-13 in La Plata and claim their 3rd straight Rugby Championship; All Blacks first five eighth Beauden Barrett kicks 6 from 6
  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland: Europe wins 16½-11½ to win Cup for 3rd consecutive time

Historic Event

Sep 29 Ashraf Ghani becomes President of Afghanistan

  • Sep 30 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 6 Actress Katie Leclerc (27) weds long-time boyfriend Brian Stuart Habecost in Palm Springs, California

Ashley Tisdale

Sep 8 Actress Ashley Tisdale (29) weds singer Christopher French at a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California

  • Sep 13 Paper Crown fashion designer Lauren Conrad (28) weds musician William Tell (34) in California
  • Sep 14 Actress Elisabetta Canalis (36) weds orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri in Sardinia, Italy

George Clooney

Sep 27 Actor George Clooney (53) weds lawyer Amal Alamuddin (36) at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), dies of a stroke at 63
  • Sep 2 Norman Gordon, South African cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 20 wickets; Transvaal), dies at 103
  • Sep 4 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90

Joan Rivers

Sep 4 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

  • Sep 4 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher dies at 96
  • Sep 8 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), dies at 104
  • Sep 8 S. Truett Cathy, American businessman (founder of Chick-fil-A), dies at 93
  • Sep 9 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 9 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • Sep 10 Oldřich František Korte, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 10 Richard Kiel, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Sep 11 Antoine Duhamel, French composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 11 Bob Crewe, American songwriter and producer ("Big Girls Don't Cry"), dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90

Ian Paisley

Sep 12 Ian Paisley, First Minister of Northern Ireland (Democratic Unionist Party: 2007-08), loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader, dies at 88

  • Sep 12 Joe Sample, American jazz and session keyboardist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), dies of mesothelioma at 75
  • Sep 12 Salah El Mahdi, Tunisian composer, conductor, musicologist, and artistic director, dies at 89
  • Sep 15 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, dies at 91
  • Sep 15 Timothy Mace, British cosmonaut, dies of cancer at 58
  • Sep 17 China Zorrilla, Uruguayan actress, filmmaker and writer, dies at 92
  • Sep 17 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, dies from complications from a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 19 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Winds of War - "Rhoda"; The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Sep 20 Rob Bironas, American football placekicker, 2005-13 (Tennessee Titans), dies in a car crash while intoxicated at 36
  • Sep 24 Deborah "Debs" Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 94
  • Sep 24 Stephen Sykes, Church of England bishop, dies at 75
  • Sep 27 Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), dies at 77
  • Sep 27 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • Sep 28 Dannie Abse, Welsh writer and poet, dies at 91
  • Sep 29 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • Sep 30 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87