What Happened in September 2016

Historical Events

Canonization

Sep 4 Mother Teresa canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican

  • Sep 6 Minnesota man Danny Heinrich admits to kidnapping and murdering 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989
  • Sep 7 15th Summer Paralympics opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Music History

Sep 7 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show in America, at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - clocking in at 4 hours and 4 minutes

Music History

Sep 8 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

  • Sep 8 Giraffe DNA study published in "Current Biology" reveals there are 4 species not just 1, as previously assumed
  • Sep 8 NASA launches Osiris-Rex probe to retrieve a rock sample from the 500m-wide Bennu asteroid
  • Sep 9 North Korea conducts its fifth nuclear test at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, at the time its largest ever test at 10 kilotons but superseded by the 2017 test

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber beats Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to become first German player to win the event since Steffi Graf in 1996

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 3rd major title; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 17 Farm Aid held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss, Margo Price, and The Wisdom Indian Dancers [1]

  • Sep 17 Terror bomb in Chelsea, New York injures 29
  • Sep 18 Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal
  • Sep 18 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Chun In-gee of South Korea wins her 2nd major title by 4 strokes from Ryu So-yeon & Park Sung-hyun; 21-under-par score a record for all women's majors

Election of Interest

Sep 18 In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

  • Sep 19 Aid convoy into Urum al-Kubra, Syria attacked by air strikes, UN denounces as a war crime

Television Premiere

Sep 20 "This Is Us" TV drama premieres in the US starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia

  • Sep 20 Black American Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city

Historic Event

Sep 21 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century"

  • Sep 21 Genomic study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilisation on earth published in "Nature"
  • Sep 21 Migrant boat carrying 450-600 people capsizes off the Egyptian coast, only 163 rescued
  • Sep 21 Three genetic studies published in "Nature" conclude all non-Africans descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago
  • Sep 22 Police officer Betty Shelby charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Album Release

Sep 23 Shawn Mendes releases his album "Illuminate", debuts at No. 1 US Billboard 200

  • Sep 24 US National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington D.C. (established by Act of Congress 2003)
  • Sep 25 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins in a playoff with Kevin Chappell & Ryan Moore; biggest winner's prize in golf, US$10m
  • Sep 25 World's largest radio telescope called Tianyain or FAST [[Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope]] has first light in Guizhou Province, China
  • Sep 27 American "boy band" pop music group 'Why Don't We' (WDW) forms in Los Angeles
  • Sep 28 Hurricane Matthew forms near the Windward Islands, will go on to kill over 1000 in Haiti, the Caribbean and the US

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 3 Former Sugababes singer Heidi Range (33) weds Alex Partakis in Tuscany, Italy
  • Sep 3 Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliott (29) weds writer Billy Kennedy in an elegant church ceremony in New England
  • Sep 4 Olympic gold medalist track and road cyclists Laura Kenny (24) weds track cyclist Jason Kenny (28) at a private ceremony in Cheshire, England
  • Sep 10 Actress and singer Anna Camp (33) weds Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin (29) in a vineyard wedding at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California
  • Sep 11 The Munsters actor Butch Patrick (63) weds Leila Murray at the Macon Roadhouse in Macon, Missouri
  • Sep 17 Olympian and professional road racing cyclist Philip Deignan (33) weds fellow road racing cyclist Lizzie Armitstead (26) in Otley, England
  • Sep 24 No Country for Old Men actor Josh Brolin (48) weds model Kathryn Boyd in North Carolina

Famous Divorces

Divorce of Interest

Sep 19 Actress Angelina Jolie (41) files for divorce from fellow actor Brad Pitt (52) citing irreconcilable differences

  • Sep 26 Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liv Schreiber announce their separation after 11 years together

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jon Polito, actor (Fire With Fire, Homicide), dies at 65
  • Sep 1 Len Maddocks, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests, 19 dismissals; Victoria, Tasmania), dies at 90
  • Sep 1 Raymond Daveluy, Canadian organist (St. Joseph's Montreal, 1960-2002), composer and educator, dies at 89
  • Sep 2 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Duane Graveline, American doctor and astronaut, dies at 85
  • Sep 5 Hugh O'Brian, American actor (Wyatt Earp, Search), dies at 91

Phyllis Schlafly

Sep 5 Phyllis Schlafly, American right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum President, dies at 92

  • Sep 6 Lewis Merenstein, American record producer (Miriam Makeba; Van Morrison's Astral Weeks; Glass Harp), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Sep 7 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Sep 7 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, dies of liver cancer at 51
  • Sep 8 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer ("Al Capone"; "Madness", "Whine and Grine"), dies at 78
  • Sep 8 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), dies at 59
  • Sep 9 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), dies at 79
  • Sep 10 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), dies at 68
  • Sep 10 Knut Wiggen, Norwegian computer music pioneer and composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 11 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • Sep 15 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94
  • Sep 16 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), dies at 95

Edward Albee

Sep 16 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), dies at 88

  • Sep 17 Charmian Carr, American actress (The Sound of Music), dies at 73
  • Sep 20 Bill Barrett, American politician (Rep-R-Nebraska 1991-2001), dies at 87
  • Sep 20 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71
  • Sep 21 John D. Loudermilk, American country singer and songwriter ("Tobacco Road"), dies at 82
  • Sep 24 Bill Nunn, American actor (Do the Right Thing), dies at 63
  • Sep 24 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer ("Where There's Smoke, There's Fire"), dies of lung cancer at 68

Arnold Palmer

Sep 25 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), dies of heart failure at 87

  • Sep 25 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies of Parkinson's disease at 82
  • Sep 25 Rod Temperton, British pop musician and songwriter ("Boogie Nights"; "Thriller"; "Give Me the Night"; "Yah Mo B There"), dies of cancer at 66
  • Sep 27 Randy Duncan Jr., American College Football HOF quarterback (University of Iowa; #1 pick 1959 NFL Draft by GB Packers), dies from brain cancer at 79
  • Sep 28 Agnes Nixon, American television producer, director and writer (One Life to Live; All My Children), dies at 93
  • Sep 28 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), dies at 66
  • Sep 28 Max Walker, Australian cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 138 wickets) and broadcaster (Nine Network), dies at 68

Shimon Peres

Sep 28 Shimon Peres [Szymon Perski], Polish-Israeli Labor Party politician (President. 2007-14; Prime Minister, 1984-86 and 1995-96; Foreign Minister, 1986-88, 1992-95, and 2001-02), and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1994), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Sep 30 Oscar Brand, Canadian-born American folk vocalist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 96