On This Day

What Happened in September 2019

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander strikes out 14 as he throws his third career no-hitter in a 2-0 decision against the Toronto Blue Jays
  • Sep 1 Hurricane Dorian makes landfall on Elbow Cay in the Abaco islands, northern Bahamas as a category five storm with winds of 180mph (285km/h)
  • Sep 1 Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemen city of Dhamar kills more than 100 people according to the Red Cross
  • Sep 1 German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier asks for Polish forgiveness for WWII at 80 year commemoration in Pilsudski Square, Warsaw

Historic Event

Sep 1 Co-founder and CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey has his Twitter account hacked

Historic Event

Sep 1 Exhibition on Christian Dior sets new attendance record of almost 595,000 in seven months on closing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Election of Interest

Sep 2 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatens a snap general election if rebel MPs pass bill against no-deal Brexit

  • Sep 2 Diving boat catches fire at night killing 34 asleep on board off Santa Cruz Island, California
  • Sep 2 Violence and looting directed at foreigners in Johannesburg results in five deaths and dozens arrested by South African police
  • Sep 3 Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to El Paso shootings
  • Sep 3 British PM Boris Johnson loses significant vote in parliament as MPs gain control of the timetable, orders whip withdrawn from 21 rebel Tory MPs

Historic Event

Sep 3 Unknown text by John Locke “Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others” (1667-68), an argument for religious toleration announced discovered at St John’s College, Annapolis

  • Sep 3 Hurricane Dorian finally moves off Grand Bahama after stalling for more than a day bringing catastrophic devastation, killing at least 50 with over 2,000 people missing
  • Sep 4 Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdraws controversial extradition bill to China after three months of massive protests
  • Sep 4 British rebel alliance of MPs vote to ban a no-deal Brexit and reject PM Boris Johnson's call for a snap election

Film & TV History

Sep 4 YouTube fined $170 million for illegally collecting data on children's viewing habits by US Federal Trade Commission

  • Sep 5 New theory the Loss Ness monster may be a giant eel after DNA study reveals no plesiosaur or sturgeon DNA found
  • Sep 5 South African women march on parliament to protest violence against women after a month when 30 were killed by their spouses
  • Sep 5 Erramatti Mangamma becomes the world's oldest living mother giving birth to twins aged 74 in Hyderabad, India
  • Sep 6 Sri Lankan cricket fast bowler Lasith Malinga takes 4 wickets in 4 balls and finishes with 5 for 6 as New Zealand all out for 88 in 37-run defeat in 3rd T-20 International in Pellekele

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Bianca Andreescu becomes first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title; stuns Serena Williams 6-2, 7-5

  • Sep 7 Indian Space Agency loses contact with its Chandrayaan-2 moon lander just 2 km from landing on the Moon's surface

Venice Film Festival

Sep 7 "The Joker" directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

Historic Event

Sep 7 US President Donald Trump says he has cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban for peace talks at Camp David

  • Sep 8 Typhoon Faxai makes landfall near Tokyo, Japan, with winds of up to 210km/h (130mph)

Historic Event

Sep 8 Estimated 1 million attend a mass held by Pope Francis near Antananarivo, Madagascar

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam singles title, and 4th US crown

  • Sep 8 Cargo ship Golden Ray catches fire and capsizes in St Simons Sound, off coast of Georgia, trapping four crew inside
  • Sep 8 Brazil's Supreme Court rules Marvel comic depicting two men kissing can be sold after mayor of Rio de Janeiro attempted to ban it
  • Sep 9 Australia experiences its earliest and most severe start to the fire season after fighting dozens of bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales

Music History

Sep 9 John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen fire back at Donald Trump on social media after he calls them "boring" and "filthymouthed" in tweets over Criminal Justice Reform

  • Sep 9 Nigerian government says it will repatriate 600 people from South Africa after two people killed in wave of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg
  • Sep 9 Scientist reveal evidence of humans earliest milk consumption, 6,000 years ago from the dental plaque of teeth of prehistoric farmers from Britain

Historic Event

Sep 9 Poet John Milton's own copy of Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 has survived with his annotations according to scholar Jason Scott-Warren in Philadelphia library, could be world's most important modern literary discovery

Historic Event

Sep 10 Alibaba chairman Jack Ma steps down, succeeded by Daniel Zhang

  • Sep 10 Bolivian wildfires have destroyed two million hectares (almost five million acres), of forest and grassland since August according to College of Biologists in La Paz
  • Sep 10 Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial, for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran

Historic Publication

Sep 10 Novelist Margaret Atwood publishes "The Testaments", her follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale"

  • Sep 10 Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency delivers half a million face masks to Sarawak state, after more than 930,000 hectares (about 2.3 million acres) burnt in Indonesia cause hazardous levels of air pollution
  • Sep 11 Water detected for first time on planet outside out solar system, on exoplanet K2-18b 110 light-years away, in findings published in "Nature Astronomy"

Film & TV History

Sep 13 US actress Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal

  • Sep 14 Drone attack on Abqaiq oil plant in Saudi Arabia takes out half of country's oil production and 5% of the world's. Yemen Houthi rebels claim responsibility.
  • Sep 14 Former Welsh rugby union and league player Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive
  • Sep 15 UK PM Boris Johnson compares himself to Marvel Hulk character in newspaper interview "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets" about UK exiting the EU

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 15 "Jojo Rabbit" directed by "Taika Waititi and starring Scarlett Johansson wins the top award at the Toronto Film Festival

  • Sep 15 Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience"
  • Sep 15 Hong Kong police fire water cannons and tear gas at thousands of protesters outside the British embassy, as protests continue in the city
  • Sep 15 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Gleneagles: Europe beats US, 14½-13½; Suzann Pettersen of Norway sinks 8-footer on 18th hole of final match to beat Marina Alex, 1-up and regain Cup
  • Sep 16 50,000 workers at General Motors go on strike in the US over pay and factory closings
  • Sep 16 Marvel actor Mark Ruffalo rebuffs UK PM Boris Johnson, who compared himself to Hulk, "Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole"
  • Sep 16 Study puts prices on value of "thoughts and prayers", average Christian willing to pay US$4 for a prayer, average atheists would pay US$3 not to receive one, published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences"
  • Sep 16 Guantánamo Bay is the world's most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by "The New York Times"
  • Sep 16 Personal data on every Ecuadorean citizen discovered online on unsecured cloud server
  • Sep 17 Indonesia raises the female marriage age to 19, in line with males, to curb child marriages

Historic Event

Sep 17 Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tells US Congress "I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.”

Election of Interest

Sep 18 Photo of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing brownface in 2001 emerges during Canadian election campiagn

  • Sep 18 US White House bars California and other states from setting their own emission standards
  • Sep 18 Indian government proposes a ban on e-cigarettes
  • Sep 18 Boarding school fire kills at least 27 in Monrovia, Liberia

Election of Interest

Sep 18 Second Israel General Election in five months results in another deadlock between Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party and Likud Party under Benjamin Netanyahu

  • Sep 18 Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says Iran was to blame for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
  • Sep 19 North America has lost 3 billion birds (29%) since 1970 according to analysis published in "Science"
  • Sep 19 Likely US drone attack kills at least 30 and injures 28 in Nangarhar Province,, Afghanistan
  • Sep 19 Taliban suicide truck bombing kills 22 and injures 90 at a hospital in Zabul Province, southern Afghanistan
  • Sep 19 Tropical Depression Imelda hits southeast Texas and Louisiana prompting widespread evacuations
  • Sep 20 Students from 185 countries stage the world's largest-ever protest on climate change culminating in Manhattan rally led by Greta Thunberg
  • Sep 20 Rare Egyptian political protests take place against corruption in President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government in Tahrir Square, Cairo and elsewhere
  • Sep 20 Australian PM Scott Morrison welcomed for week-long visit at the White House by US President Donald Trump
  • Sep 20 Batman Day - 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic
  • Sep 20 The MOSAiC expedition, the greatest Arctic research expedition ever, sets sail from Norway, aims to stay trapped in ice for a year to study climate change
  • Sep 20 Researchers for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) propose that aliens may have bugged earths co-orbitals (nearby orbiting rocks) in "The Astronomical Journal"
  • Sep 21 "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is living with HIV and is a sexual abuse survivor, ahead of the publication of his autobiography
  • Sep 21 Skies turn red over Jambi province, Indonesia, as worst illegal forest fires since 2015 burn more than 800,000 acres, creating respiratory problems for a million people

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 21 Farm Aid held in East Troy, Wisconsin; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Luke Combs, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Yola, Tanya Tucker, and Ho-Chunk Thundercloud Singers [1]

  • Sep 22 Billy Porter becomes the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for "Pose"
  • Sep 22 US President Donald Trump admits he spoke to Ukrainian President about Joe Biden's son, after news a US intelligence officer made an official complaint about the call

Historic Event

Sep 22 "Howdy, Modi!" US President Donald Trump holds a mass rally for Indian PM Narendra Modi in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 22 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, Geneva: Alexander Zverev beats Milos Raonic 6-4 3-6 10-4 to earn Team Europe a dramatic 13-11 win over Team World; Europe's 3rd straight win
  • Sep 23 178 year old British travel company Thomas Cook goes into liquidation, stranding 600,000 travellers worldwide, prompting largest postwar repatriation effort by UK government
  • Sep 23 Climate activist Greta Thunberg scolds world leaders "How Dare You" for not addressing climate change at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York
  • Sep 23 Renewed violence in West Papua region, Indonesia, leaves 27 dead in capital Wamena after protesters set fire to buildings over racism claims
  • Sep 23 Haitian Senator Jean-Marie Ralph Féthière opens fire hitting a journalist leaving parliament in Port-au-Prince
  • Sep 23 US police officer fired after arresting two six-year-olds at a school on charges of misdemeanour battery in Florida
  • Sep 24 UK Supreme Court rules the suspension of UK parliament for 5 weeks by Boris Johnson's Conservative government was unlawful

Historic Event

Sep 24 Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, arguing that he tried to enlist a foreign power for his own political gain

Historic Event

Sep 24 Spain's Supreme Court rules body of dictator Francisco Franco can be removed from state mausoleum, the Valley of the Fallen, to municipal cemetery

  • Sep 24 5.8 magnitude earthquake in northern Pakistan kills at least 10 and injures 300
  • Sep 24 Protests outside Indonesian parliament and elsewhere over proposed new laws banning sex before marriage, abortion and insulting the president
  • Sep 25 Australia's Capital Territory becomes the 1st state in Australia to legalize recreational marijuana
  • Sep 25 Hazzaa Al Mansoori becomes first Emirati in space and the first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft

Historic Event

Sep 25 Chinese President Xi Jinping opens Beijing's new Daxing International Airport designed by Zaha Hadid

  • Sep 25 Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva named as the new head of the IMF
  • Sep 25 Oaxaca becomes the second Mexican state to decriminalize abortion, during the first 12 weeks
  • Sep 25 Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reported to have been asked to develop a Star Wars film by the Walt Disney Company
  • Sep 26 US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures
  • Sep 26 WHO announces 800,000 children in DR Congo will be vaccinated in nine days in worlds's largest measles epidemic that has taken over 3,500 lives
  • Sep 26 Abortion is decriminalized in New South Wales, the last remaining Australian state to do so

Historic Event

Sep 27 US Democrats issue their first subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in impeachment inquiry


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Tom Collins, Canadian ice skating promoter ('Champions On Ice'), dies from stroke complications at 88
  • Sep 3 Peter Lindbergh, German fashion photographer and director, dies at 74
  • Sep 4 Peter Ellis, New Zealand convicted child abuser, dies at 61
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76

Robert Mugabe

Sep 6 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), dies at 95

  • Sep 6 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • Sep 9 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74
  • Sep 11 B. J. Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia (1998-99) who liberalized Indonesia's press and political party laws, dies of heart failure at 83

T. Boone Pickens

Sep 11 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co) known as the 'Oracle of Oil', dies at 91

  • Sep 11 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist ("Hi, How Are You"), dies of a suspected heart attack at 58
  • Sep 13 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • Sep 14 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • Sep 15 Ric Ocasek [Otcasek], American rock singer-songwriter (The Cars - "Best Friend's Girl"; "Shake It Up"; "You Are The Girl"), found dead at 75
  • Sep 15 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Sep 16 Peter Stormonth Darling, Scottish investment banker (Mercury Asset Management Group - largest fund-management in the UK), dies at 86
  • Sep 17 Corrine "Cokie" Roberts, American journalist, pioneering newscaster (ABC; NPR; PBS), and author, dies of with metastatic breast cancer at 75
  • Sep 17 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 18 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43
  • Sep 19 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83
  • Sep 20 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), dies at 85
  • Sep 20 Su Beng [Lim Tiau-hui], Taiwanese revolutionary, 'Father of Taiwanese Independence' (Taiwan’s 400-Year History), dies at 100
  • Sep 21 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Christopher Rouse, American Grammy Award-winning composer (Trombone Concerto - Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1993), and educator (Eastman School, 1981-2002; Juilliard, 1997-2017), dies of renal cancer at 70
  • Sep 23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart interpretation), dies at 91

Jacques Chirac

Sep 26 Jacques Chirac, President of France (1995-2007) and Prime Minister of France (1974-76, 1986-88), dies at 86

  • Sep 26 Martin Wesley-Smith, Australian composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 30 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74