On This Day

What Happened in September 2017

Historical Events

Election of Interest

Sep 1 Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga invalidates Kenyan re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta

Historic Event

Sep 3 Governor of California Jerry Brown issues state of emergency due to La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles

  • Sep 3 1.4 ton WWII bomb defused in Frankfurt, Germany with 60,000 people evacuated, the largest postwar
  • Sep 3 North Korea conducts its sixth and largest ever nuclear test, saying it had successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb

Nobel Prize

Sep 4 Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai criticizes Suu Kyi's lack of response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Historic Event

Sep 4 US President Donald Trump announces Dreamers program, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), will be stopped

Hurricane Irma

Sep 5 Hurricane Irma becomes the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin region with winds of 185mph (280km/h)

  • Sep 5 Barry Callebaut announce a 4th type of chocolate, "Ruby", made from the Ruby cocoa bean
  • Sep 5 Togo's government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition
  • Sep 5 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, becomes the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court
  • Sep 6 Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Caribbean islands of Barbuda, Sint Maartens and British Virgin Islands. Prime Minister Gaston Browne reports 95% of buildings in Barbuda damaged.

Important Vote

Sep 6 Catalonia's parliament passes law to allow referendum on independence from Spain

Historic Event

Sep 6 Mother Teresa declared co-patron saint of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta alongside St. Francis Xavier

  • Sep 7 Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax reports earlier cyberattack could affects 143 million Americans
  • Sep 7 8.2 earthquake hits south-west of Pijijiapan, Mexico killing at least 90, strongest Mexican quake in a century
  • Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: In the first all-American final since 2002 unseeded Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0
  • Sep 9 74th Venice Film Festival: "The Shape of Water" directed by Guillermo del Toro wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 9 Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb of a goldsmith and his family in Draa Abul-Naga, Egypt
  • Sep 10 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys in the US as a category 3 hurricane

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Spain's Rafael Nadal wins his 3rd US title; beats Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

  • Sep 10 Artist Marta Minujin begins redistributing books from her art installation "Parthenon of Banned Books", honoring books burnt by Nazis, in Kassel Germany [1]
  • Sep 11 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia
  • Sep 11 UN imposes new export sanctions on North Korea
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia
  • Sep 11 Norwegian Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, heading a right-wing coalition, claims victory in Norway's general election
  • Sep 12 Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role
  • Sep 12 Monster fatburg 250m long, 130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London

Music History

Sep 12 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia

  • Sep 12 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • Sep 13 Nursing home inhabitants rescued after losing their air-conditioning in aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida, 11 die
  • Sep 13 International Olympic Committee announces Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will host the Olympic games

Historic Event

Sep 13 UN Secretary-General António Guterres says Rohingya refugee crisis now "catastrophic" as 370,000 confirmed to have fled Myanmar

  • Sep 13 Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $4.56 million in damages in libel case against Bauer Media in Melbourne, largest defamation payout in Australia

Historic Event

Sep 13 Martin Shkreli's bail revoked after he judged risk to community for posting $5,000 bounty for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair

  • Sep 14 Fire at a religious school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, kills 23
  • Sep 14 Bodleian Library reveals earliest evidence of the zero symbol in 3rd or 4th Century Bakhshali (Pakistan) manuscript, through carbon dating
  • Sep 14 Two Islamic State terrorist attacks in Dhiqar province, Southern Iraq, kill at least 60

Music History

Sep 14 Selena Gomez reveals she had a kidney transplant, because of lupus, donated by her friend Francia Rais

  • Sep 14 19 people die when a boat capsizes on Yamun River in Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Sep 15 Terrorist bomb only partially explodes in attack at Parsons Green tube station, London, injuring 29
  • Sep 16 New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team hands South Africa their biggest test match defeat in history; beat Springboks, 57-0 in Rugby Championship round in Albany, NZ

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 16 Farm Aid held in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, and Jamey Johnson [1]

  • Sep 17 Wanda Metropolitano stadium, new home of football team Atlético Madrid hosts its 1st match (against Malaga) in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 17 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden beats Brittany Altomare at 1st sudden-death playoff hole; event reduced to 54 holes after day 1 abandoned (bad weather)

Sports History

Sep 18 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years

  • Sep 18 Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27
  • Sep 19 US President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations vowing to “totally destroy North Korea” if threatens the US
  • Sep 19 7.1 earthquake south east of Mexico City kills over 300

United Nations Speech

Sep 19 President Hassan Rouhani of Iran in his UN speech criticizes US President Donald Trump for his comments about Iran in his own UN speech

  • Sep 19 New MLB record for most home runs in a season, no. 5,694 hit by Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals
  • Sep 20 US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis
  • Sep 20 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25

Brainless Jellyfish that Sleeps

Sep 21 Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in "Current Biology" by Caltech scientists

  • Sep 21 Andre Ward, unified light heavyweight champion and world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announces his retirement
  • Sep 23 US President Donald Trump withdraws invitation to the White House for NBA champions Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry says he doesn't want to attend
  • Sep 23 Women are allowed in King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time during Saudi Arabia's 87th anniversary celebrations
  • Sep 24 NFL players kneal, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the anthem in protests against comments made by President Donald Trump
  • Sep 24 Plastic polystyrene rubbish discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole by international team of scientists

Sports History

Sep 24 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, Prague: Roger Federer is unbeaten as Team Europe dominates Team World, 15-9 in the inaugural teams event

  • Sep 24 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Xander Schauffele wins rich season-ending event by 1 stroke from Justin Thomas
  • Sep 25 First ever woman graduates from the US Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course
  • Sep 25 Uber's licence to operate is not renewed by Transport for London in the UK, citing problems with background checks
  • Sep 25 Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in jail for sexting underage girl

Important Vote

Sep 25 92% of Iraqi kurds vote in favour of independence in controversial referendum

  • Sep 26 Saudi Arabia announces it is overturning its ban on women driving - last country in the world to do so
  • Sep 26 Fights break out in Uganda's parliament during debate to raise presidential age limit
  • Sep 26 World's second-largest gem-quality diamond, the "Lesedi La Rona", sells for $53m
  • Sep 26 The video game Fortnite: Battle Royale is released, eventually becoming one of the most popular games worldwide
  • Sep 27 Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra found guilty of criminal negligence in rice subsidy scheme, sentenced to 5 years in absentia
  • Sep 27 Researchers confirm existence of giant tree rat "Vika" in the Solomon Islands that can crack open coconuts

Film & TV History

Sep 28 Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

  • Sep 29 Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff
  • Sep 30 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 16 Welsh singer Charlotte Church (31) marries musician Jonny Powell (30) in Cardiff

Cardi B

Sep 20 Cardi B (24) marries fellow singer and rapper Offset (25)


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), dies at 78
  • Sep 2 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), dies at 96
  • Sep 2 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66

Walter Becker

Sep 3 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

  • Sep 3 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), dies at 75
  • Sep 3 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), dies at 90
  • Sep 5 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Jim McDaniels, American basketball forward (All American 1971; Western Kentucky Uni; No. 1 overall pick ABA Draft 1971; ABA All-Star 1972; Carolina Cougars), dies from diabetes complications at 69
  • Sep 6 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra), dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 7 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Sep 8 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer ("I Believe in You"), dies from emphysema at 78
  • Sep 8 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, dies at 86
  • Sep 8 Catherine Hardy Lavender, American 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 87
  • Sep 10 Harry Landers [Sorokin], American actor (Star Trek, Ben Casey, Drive a Crooked Road), dies at 96
  • Sep 11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), dies at 88
  • Sep 12 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74
  • Sep 13 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Sep 13 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), dies at 85
  • Sep 13 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), dies of liver cancer at 56
  • Sep 14 Basi, world's oldest giant panda in captivity, dies in Fuzhou, China, at 37
  • Sep 15 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor (Lucky; Alien; Cool Hand Luke; The Godfather Part II), musician, and singer ,dies at 91
  • Sep 17 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, American pro wrestling manager, colour commentator and wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies of throat cancer at 72
  • Sep 17 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), died on stage of a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 19 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), dies at 76
  • Sep 19 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), dies at 86

Jake LaMotta

Sep 19 Jake LaMotta, American boxer (world middleweight champion 1949-51, immortalised in 'Raging Bull'), dies at 95

  • Sep 19 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), dies at 78
  • Sep 21 Liliane de Bettencourt, French heir to L'Oreal and richest woman in the world from 2016, dies at 94
  • Sep 23 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 Anthony "Tony" Booth, British actor and father of Cherie Blair (Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??) dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, dies at 91

Hugh Hefner

Sep 27 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91

  • Sep 27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • Sep 27 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • Sep 28 Chuck Low, American actor (Goodfellas; Once Upon a Time in America), dies at 89
  • Sep 28 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81
  • Sep 29 Dmitry Smolsky, Belarusian orchestral, choral, theater and pop music composer, and teacher (Belarusian State Academy of Music, 1962-2014), dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), dies at 96
  • Sep 30 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), dies at 69