What Happened in September 2015

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary closes Keleti Railway Station in Budapest to try and stop migrants travelling
  • Sep 1 Google changes its logo, biggest redesign since 1999
  • Sep 1 India scores their first Test cricket series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993 winning 3rd Test in Colombo by 117 runs; Ravichandran Ashwin (4) & Ishant Sharma (3) combine for 7 Sri Lankan 2nd innings wickets

Historic Event

Sep 1 Pope Francis tells priests to pardon women who have had an abortion, in a letter released by the Vatican

  • Sep 2 Earth's trees number just over 3 trillion according to study in "Nature" by Thomas Crowther of Yale University

Historic Event

Sep 2 US President Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit the Arctic Circle at Kotzebue, Alaska

  • Sep 3 Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece 40kg (88lb) near Canberra, Australia
  • Sep 3 Kentucky clerk in Rowan County jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples
  • Sep 5 US health officials confirm a salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers from Mexico is responsible for 1 death and for making hundreds sick
  • Sep 6 German police confirm more than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Southern Germany in last 2 days fleeing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan
  • Sep 7 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls

Film & TV History

Sep 8 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"

  • Sep 8 Pope Francis announces moves to streamline the annulment process within the Catholic Church
  • Sep 9 Apple unveils the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S in San Francisco
  • Sep 9 EU Migrant Crisis: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his annual address proposes plan based on EU quotas

Historic Event

Sep 9 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria

  • Sep 10 Floods and landslides in North East Japan, centered on Joso force 90,000 to evacuate their homes
  • Sep 10 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • Sep 10 Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in wake of IRA supposed killing of Kevin McGuigan

Film Premiere

Sep 11 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

  • Sep 11 A large crane collapses killing more than 100 people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 11 Ex-Governor of Texas, Rick Perry becomes the first candidate to drop out of race for the Republican nomination

Film & TV History

Sep 11 Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory) are named highest earning TV actresses (28.5 million) by Forbes

  • Sep 12 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert
  • Sep 12 Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party
  • Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Italian final Flavia Pennetta wins her only Grand Slam title; beats Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-7, 6-2; first Italian to win US title
  • Sep 13 EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers

Golf Major

Sep 13 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins by 6 from Lexi Thompson to become youngest major winner, 18yrs, 142 days

Historic Event

Sep 13 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency after wildfires devastate Lake and Napa counties

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4; third man to reach all 4 Grand Slam finals in the same year in Open Era after Rod Laver and Federer

Historic Event

Sep 14 14 yr old Texan Ahmed Mohamed arrested at school when home-made clock assumed to be a bomb - Mark Zuckerberg and US President Barack Obama send supportive tweets

Historic Event

Sep 14 Malcolm Turnbull ousts Tony Abbott as Australian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Party

Musical Finale

Sep 15 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, closes at The Broadhurst Theatre, NYC, after 5,733 performances

  • Sep 15 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary seals its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence, stranding thousands of migrants
  • Sep 16 700 million malaria cases prevented in Africa since 2000 in report by University of Oxford in "Nature" journal
  • Sep 16 8.3 magnitude quake hits off coast of Illapel, Chile killing 11 and prompting evacuation of 1 million
  • Sep 16 Military coup in Burkina Faso, President Michel Kafando and other officials seized by presidential guards
  • Sep 16 Oil tanker explosion kills 170 in Maridi, South Sudan
  • Sep 16 Report 3 million people die each year of air pollution, more than malaria and HIV/Aids combined published in "Nature" journal

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Second Republican presidential candidates debate, hosted by CNN, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump face off at the Reagan Presidential Library

  • Sep 17 US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer hottest on record
  • Sep 18 Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 19 Farm Aid (30th Anniversary) held in Chicago, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mavis Staples [1]

  • Sep 19 Japan beats South Africa 34-32 in Brighton, England in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history

Election of Interest

Sep 20 Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party declared the winners in Greek snap election

  • Sep 20 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%
  • Sep 20 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba
  • Sep 20 President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu
  • Sep 20 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, GC St. Leon-Rot: US regains Cup 14½ to 13½; Paula Creamer beats Sandra Gal 4 & 3 in deciding singles match

Emmy Awards

Sep 21 67th Emmy Awards: hosted by Andy Samberg, "Game of Thrones", Viola Davis, John Hamm win

  • Sep 21 Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pulls out of the Republican US Presidential race

Historic Event

Sep 22 Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle to start his first state visit to the US

  • Sep 22 Palangkaraya in Indonesian Borneo records the highest air pollutant index (API) value ever recorded of 1,986 due to haze caused by forest fires deliberately lit to clear land for palm oil plantations
  • Sep 22 Pope Francis greeted by President Obama and Vice President Biden as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, for his 6 day tour of the US
  • Sep 22 Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions than they are
  • Sep 24 Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is re-instated a week after a military coup
  • Sep 24 Pope Francis becomes the 1st pope to address the US Congress. Names Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as his American heroes.
  • Sep 24 Stampede of people during the Hajj kills 717 people during symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Historic Event

Sep 25 Caitlyn Jenner officially changes her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman

  • Sep 25 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia
  • Sep 27 "Junts per Si" pro-independence alliance win parliamentary majority in Catalonia
  • Sep 27 A "Supermoon" coincides with a lunar eclipse creating a "Blood Moon" over much of the earth
  • Sep 28 DNA controllers for the age women go into menopause announced in "Nature Genetics" by research team from Exeter and Cambridge universities
  • Sep 28 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars

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Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 Fashion and beauty vlogger Tanya Burr (26) weds fellow YouTube vlogger Jim Chapman at Babington House in Somerset, England
  • Sep 5 Actress Erika Christensen (33) weds cyclist Cole Maness in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 5 Actress Jessica Raine (33) weds actor Tom Goodman-Hill in London
  • Sep 19 "Girls" TV star Allison Williams (27) weds College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen (34) at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming
  • Sep 24 International supermodel Bar Refaeli (30) weds businessman Adi Ezra at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), dies at 84
  • Sep 2 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • Sep 2 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • Sep 3 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 (Frederick) "Denny" Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na, 1968-84), dies from cancer at 66
  • Sep 5 Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Sep 5 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93
  • Sep 5 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), dies of pneumonia at 95
  • Sep 6 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • Sep 9 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • Sep 10 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni, Ulysses, Sciuscià), dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Marcel Zeeuw, Surinamese soldier (coup 1982), dies at 61
  • Sep 12 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • Sep 12 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • Sep 13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65

Moses Malone

Sep 13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83; NBA Finals MVP 1983; 12 x NBA All Star; Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers), dies of heart disease at 60

  • Sep 14 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, dies of cancer at 65

Bob Cleary

Sep 16 Bob Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), dies at 79

  • Sep 17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • Sep 17 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91
  • Sep 19 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), dies of breast cancer at 77
  • Sep 20 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • Sep 20 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), dies at 87
  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67

Yogi Berra

Sep 22 Yogi Berra, American Baseball HOF catcher, coach and manager (18 x MLB All-Star; 13 x World Series; NY Yankees; AL MVP 1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, dies at 90

  • Sep 26 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), dies at 93
  • Sep 26 Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • Sep 27 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies from multiple myeloma at 75
  • Sep 28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83