What Happened in September 2018

Historical Events

Music History

Sep 1 Aretha Franklin's funeral held in Detroit attended by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Bill Clinton with procession of 140 pink Cadillacs

Music History

Sep 1 Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologises for groping Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin's funeral service

Sports History

Sep 1 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen qualifies in 1:19.119 during Q3 of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza; record for fastest average lap speed in F1 (263.588 kph or 163.786 mph)

Historic Event

Sep 1 Memorial service for Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral with his daughter Meghan McCain, Barack Obama and George W. Bush speaking

  • Sep 2 About 400 prisoners escape a jail near Tripoli in Libya during militia fighting
  • Sep 2 Major fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro destroys most of its 20 million artifacts
  • Sep 3 2018 heatwave made summer hottest ever in England, joint hottest for UK according to UK Meteorological Office
  • Sep 3 Argentine President Mauricio Macri announces new austerity measures, including closing half of all government ministries, in televised address
  • Sep 3 First public caning and conviction of lesbian couple attempting to have sex, by Sharia High Court in Terengganu state, Malaysia
  • Sep 4 400-year old sunken Portuguese spice trade ship discovered near port of Cascais, Portugal
  • Sep 4 Amazon becomes America's second trillion dollar company

The Wizard of Oz

Sep 4 F.B.I. announces it has recovered a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz", stolen 13 years earlier

  • Sep 4 Italian city Florence bans people eating in the street in its historic center

Sports History

Sep 4 NFL player Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the US national anthem is the new face of Nike's 30th anniversary advertising campaign

  • Sep 4 Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, Jebi hits Tokushima prefecture, swamping Kansai airport and killing at least 11
  • Sep 4 WHO reports more than a quarter of people worldwide (1.4 billion) don't get enough physical exercise to avoid major diseases
  • Sep 5 Anonymous senior White house official opinion piece "I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" published by the New York Times

Historic Event

Sep 5 UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirms in parliament two Russian military intelligence officers undertook novichok nerve agent attack, prompts international condemnation

Historic Event

Sep 6 Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil

  • Sep 6 India's Supreme Court legalizes gay sex, overturning a colonial law
  • Sep 6 New York and New Jersey state attorneys launch investigations into sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, bring to six the number of states investigating
  • Sep 6 Remains of 166 people, 2 years old, found in mass grave in Veracruz state, Mexico
  • Sep 6 World Surf League announces from 2019 there would be equal prize money for men and women across elite tour events; first US-based global sports league with gender pay parity

Music History

Sep 7 Eminem breaks 36-year UK chart record for consecutive No. 1 albums with "Kamikaze"

Music History

Sep 7 Rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj come to physical blows at a New York Fashion event

  • Sep 8 75th Venice International Film Festival: a Netflix film wins the Golden Lion for the first time with "Roma"
  • Sep 8 Archaeologists uncover more than 300 gold coins from late imperial period from theatre in Como, Italy
  • Sep 8 Egypt sentences over 700 people, including 75 death sentences for 2013 pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya square

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka first Japanese female to win a Grand Slam singles final; beats Serena Williams in controversial match 6-2, 6-4

  • Sep 9 Arirang Mass Games begins in North Korea to mark country's 70th anniversary featuring tens of thousands performing
  • Sep 9 CBS chief Les Moonves departs the company after six more women make allegations of sexual abuse in "The New Yorker"
  • Sep 9 Green Bay Packers start 100th season with historic 24-23 comeback win over Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field; first ever Packer recovery from 17+ points deficit at 3/4 time (20-3)
  • Sep 9 Nia Franklin representing New York crowned Miss America 2019, first competition without a swimsuit section
  • Sep 9 Russian police detain over 1000 people amid nationwide protests against pension reform
  • Sep 9 Swedish General Election: no party wins a majority with far-right Sweden Democrats making gains

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his third US title; beats '09 champion Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; equals Pete Sampras' 14 Grand Slams

Sports History

Sep 10 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticised for "racist" cartoon of American tennis star Serena Williams

  • Sep 10 California passes law to commit to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045

Music History

Sep 10 John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice win Emmys for "Jesus Christ Superstar - Live In Concert", making them all EGOT winners, Legend is the first black male winner

  • Sep 10 South Carolina issues mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence

Historic Event

Sep 10 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for urgent climate change conference saying "climate change moving faster than we are"

Historic Publication

Sep 11 "Fear: Trump in the White House" by Bob Woodward is published by Simon and Schuster

  • Sep 11 American-backed militia begins final push to oust militants from Hajin, Syria, last area under Islamic State control
  • Sep 11 Bus crash in southern Indian state of Telangana kills 53

Film Premiere

Sep 11 Film "Green Book" directed by Peter Farrell and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Academy Award Best Picture 2019)

Historic Event

Sep 11 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lies in state in Accra, Ghana, ahead of a state funeral

  • Sep 11 Imprisoned Brazilian Ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva abandons his presidential campaign
  • Sep 11 James Anderson takes his 564th Test wicket to become the most prolific fast bowler in cricket history as England beats India by 118 runs in the 5th Test at The Oval for a 4-1 series victory; Alistair Cook's final Test
  • Sep 11 Russia launches its largest military exercise since 1981 involving 300,000 personal with Chinese troops participating
  • Sep 11 Suicide bombing in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, kills 68 and injures 165
  • Sep 12 European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote
  • Sep 12 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • Sep 12 Oldest known human drawing discovered, a hashtag-like abstract drawing with red ochre, 73,000 years old, in Blombos Cave, South Africa published in "Nature"
  • Sep 13 Amazon live streams “Thursday Night Football” Cincinnati beats Baltimore 34-23; first all-female broadcast booth in NFL history; Andrea Kremer calls game with Hannah Storm

Historic Event

Sep 13 Islamic extremism by 121 groups caused 84,000 deaths in 2017 according to report by Global Extremist Monitor presented by Tony Blair

  • Sep 13 Nearly 40% (36.6%) of all female suicides occur in India according to report published in "The Lancet"

Meeting of Interest

Sep 13 Pope Francis meets with leaders of the American Catholic Church in Rome to discuss sexual abuse

Historic Event

Sep 13 Spanish parliament votes to exhume former dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen

  • Sep 14 Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to conspiracy charges and agrees to co-operative with Government investigations
  • Sep 14 Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane
  • Sep 15 Archaeologists find the oldest-known brewery and remains of 13,000-year-old beer in Haifa cave, Israel, belonging to nomadic Natufian people

Sports History

Sep 15 Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas

  • Sep 15 Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years
  • Sep 15 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), category 5 strength, makes landfall in Cagayan province, Philippines, killing at least 100
  • Sep 16 "Green Book" wins People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival
  • Sep 16 Cycling land speed record broken for men and women by Denise Mueller-Korenek riding 183.932 mph (296.010 km/h) Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
  • Sep 16 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: At age 40, American Angela Stanford wins her first major title by 1 stroke from Amy Olson, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin & Kim Sei-young
  • Sep 16 First ever performance of comedy "Love's Victory" by Lady Mary Wroth at Penshurst Place, England, 400 years after it was written

NFL Record

Sep 16 Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road

  • Sep 16 Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announce purchase of Time magazine for $190 million
  • Sep 16 Scott Dixon of New Zealand finishes second in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma to wrap up his 5th IndyCar Drivers' title for Chip Ganassi Racing; Honda wins Manufacturers' Cup; Canadian Robert Wickens is Rookie of the Year
  • Sep 16 Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall near Jiangmen City, China, winds 120 miles an hour cause tower blocks in nearby Hong Kong to sway

Historic Event

Sep 16 US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in "The Washington Post"

  • Sep 17 50 girls treated in hospital in Kaya, Burkina Faso after illegal botched circumcisions
  • Sep 17 Flooding in Nigeria kills over 100 people as Benue and Niger Rivers overflow
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Florence has caused 900 people to be rescued from flooding, death toll at 23, city of Wilmington isolated officials announce
  • Sep 17 Needles purposely hidden in strawberries in Australia prompt government to order an investigation
  • Sep 17 US border control agent confesses to the murder of four women and assault of another in Laredo, Texas

Emmy Awards

Sep 18 70th Emmy Awards: "Games of Thrones". "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy, Bill Hader win

  • Sep 18 Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018
  • Sep 18 China announces new $60 billion tariffs on US imports, a day after the US imposes $200 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods
  • Sep 18 South Africa's Constitutional court legalizes cannabis use by adults in private places
  • Sep 19 Korean joint summit in Pyongyang agrees to limit North Korea's weapons programme and to South Korea economic cooperation
  • Sep 20 EU leaders, including Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron, criticize Theresa May's Brexit plan at a summit in Salzburg, Austria
  • Sep 20 Overloaded ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, killing at least 207, with one man surviving in air lock for two days
  • Sep 20 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 21 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 22 Farm Aid held in Hartford, Connecticut; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Margo Price [1]

  • Sep 22 Four gunmen open fire on Revolutionary Guard soldiers at a parade in Ahvaz, Iran, killing 25 including civilians

Appointment of Interest

Sep 22 Singer Rihanna is appointed as an ambassador for Barbados

Sports History

Sep 23 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre's record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37

Historic Event

Sep 23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches "Modicare", free heathcare for 500 million, world's biggest healthcare program

  • Sep 23 Japan's space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid - Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft
  • Sep 23 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, Chicago: Alexander Zverev beats Kevin Anderson 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 to complete a 13-8 win for Team Europe over Team World
  • Sep 23 Mud volcano, the Otman-Bozdag, erupts 300m (980ft) high, near Baku, Azerbaijan

Golf Tournament

Sep 23 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Tiger Woods wins by 2 strokes from Billy Horschel; Woods' 80th PGA Tour win; first in 5 years; Justin Rose wins FedEx Cup crown, $10m bonus

  • Sep 24 Ebola virus has caused 69 deaths and sickened 150 people according to Ministry of Heath in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sep 24 Pakyong Airport, India's 100th airport, is opened in the Himalayan mountains at 1,400 meters by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Football Awards

Sep 24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach

Film & TV History

Sep 25 Comedian Bill Cosby sentenced to 3-10 years in jail for 2004 sexual assault, first celebrity to be jailed in the #MeToo era


Famous Weddings

Gwyneth Paltrow

Sep 29 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow marries TV producer Brad Falchuk in the Hamptons

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58 [1]
  • Sep 4 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91
  • Sep 6 Alan Oakman, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; Sussex CCC), dies at 88

Burt Reynolds

Sep 6 Burt Reynolds, American actor (Deliverance, Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball), dies of cardiac arrest at 82

  • Sep 6 Claudio Scimone, Italian conductor (I Solisti Veneti), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 6 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), dies at 92

Richard DeVos

Sep 6 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, dies at 92

  • Sep 7 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 11 Fenella Fielding, English actress (Carry On films), dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 13 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Dudley Sutton, British stage and screen actor (Leather Boys; Brimstone & Treacle; Lovejoy - "Tinker Dill"), dies of cancer at 85
  • Sep 15 Jeff Lowe, American mountain climber (co-founder Lowe Alpine), dies of pneumonia at 67
  • Sep 16 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, dies of prostate cancer at 91
  • Sep 16 Frank Parker, American actor (Days of our Lives, Never Too Young), dies at 79
  • Sep 18 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78
  • Sep 19 Marilyn Lloyd, American politician (Rep-D-TN, 1975-95), dies at 89
  • Sep 21 José Luis de Delás, Spanish composer and conductor, dies at 90
  • Sep 21 Katherine Hoover, American flautist, composer (Eleni: A Greek Tragedy), teacher, and conductor, dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), dies at 74
  • Sep 27 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Don Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from brain cancer at 90
  • Sep 29 James "Big Jim" Wright, American Grammy and Dove Award-winning keyboardist, composer, arranger, and record producer (Sound of Blackness; Mariah Carey) dies at 52
  • Sep 29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies from complications from an earlier stroke at 83
  • Sep 30 Geoffrey Hayes, British TV presenter and actor (Rainbow, Z-Cars), dies at 76