What Happened in September 2021

Historical Events

World Record

Sep 1 Cristiano Ronaldo breaks world record for goals scored in men's international football; hits his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Republic of Ireland in Faro

  • Sep 1 Powerful 400 yard wide EF-3 tornado travels 12.5 miles through Gloucester County, New Jersey, destroying 50 homes, several farm buildings, and killing 3 dairy cows
  • Sep 1 Record rain recorded in Central Park, New York (7.13 inches) and Newark, New Jersey (8.41 inches) from remnants of Hurricane Ida
  • Sep 1 South America's second-longest river, the Paraná, at its lowest levels for 77 years due to drought
  • Sep 1 Texas law banning most abortion after six weeks comes into effect, now most restrictive in the country
  • Sep 2 At least 43 people die as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the US Northeast with record rains, tornadoes and flooding with New York and New Jersey declaring state of emergency

Film Premiere

Sep 3 "Dune", directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Event of Interest

Sep 4 Nigerian government announces it is suspending Twitter indefinitely after it removed a post by President Muhammadu Buhari

  • Sep 5 Coup by soldiers in Guinea headed by Colonel Doumbouya deposes President Alpha Condé and his government, claiming rampant corruption
  • Sep 5 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC, GA: Patrick Cantlay claims richest prize in golf ($15m) with 1 stroke win over Jon Rahm; runner-up Rahm pockets $5m
  • Sep 6 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Inverness GC, OH: Europe retains title 15-13; Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark edges Danielle Kang 1-up to clinch Cup for Europe
  • Sep 7 El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender
  • Sep 7 Mexican Supreme Court rules making abortion a crime is unconstitutional, setting an important precedent [1]
  • Sep 7 Taliban announce their interim government in Afghanistan with Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund in the most senior role
  • Sep 7 Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs law restricting voting rights in the state, including limiting use of drop boxes and empowering partisan observers [1]
  • Sep 7 US records more than 40 million cases of COVID-1, daily cases at 161,000 (5 September), daily deaths at 1,560 with hospitalizations averaging 102,000 per day (NY Times figures)
  • Sep 8 Forty-one prisoners die in a fire at Tangerang prison, near Jakarta, Indonesia

Event of Interest

Sep 8 Large statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from plinth on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Event of Interest

Sep 8 US Biden administration releases blueprint calling for 44% of American electricity to come from the sun by 2050 (currently 3%) [1]

  • Sep 8 Wildfire in Spanish Sierra Bermeja mountains in Andalucía erupts forcing evacuation of 2,600 people
  • Sep 9 17 hospital patients die after heavy rainfall and flooding in Tula, central Mexico

Sports History

Sep 9 Tom Brady becomes first player in NFL history to start 300 regular season games as he guides Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an opening day 31-29 win at home to Dallas Cowboys

  • Sep 9 US 2021 summer the hottest on record with average 74 degrees Fahrenheit, overtaking record set in 1936, during the Dust Bowl [1]
  • Sep 9 US President Joe Biden announces widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal workers, contractors and large employers affecting 100 million people [1]
  • Sep 11 74th Cannes Film Festival: Audrey Diwan's "Happening" (L'Événement) wins the Palme d'Or
  • Sep 11 Twentieth anniversary of 9/11 marked by US President Joe Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in New York
  • Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Emma Raducanu ends Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles title beating Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3; first qualifier to win a major title in Open era
  • Sep 12 Paris's Arc de Triomphe covered in fabric in tribute to the late artist Christo, his unfulfilled project
  • Sep 12 Taliban says women must study in gender-segregated classrooms in Afghanistan

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Russia's Daniil Medvedev wins his first major title by shattering Novak Đoković's hopes of completing a Grand Slam in one-sided 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 final

  • Sep 12 World's largest container ship, the Ever Ace, 400m-long (1,300ft) carrying 23,992 containers arrives in Felixstowe on its maiden voyage [1]
  • Sep 13 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett makes first official visit to Egypt in a decade for talks with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh

Music History

Sep 13 Nicki Minaj tweets misinformation about vaccines making men impotent, forcing prominent officials to publicly debunk it, including Antony Fauci and the Health Minister of Trinidad

  • Sep 14 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 as the nation's known death toll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]

Event of Interest

Sep 14 California Governor Gavin Newsom defeats a state vote to recall him from office

  • Sep 14 US records lowest level of people living in poverty since records began in 1967 (9.1% vs 11.8% in 2019), due to increase in government aid [1]

Event of Interest

Sep 15 SpaceX launches the first all-civilian spaceflight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for three-day orbit around Earth [1]

Sports History

Sep 15 US gymnasts, including Simone Biles, testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at a Senate Committee hearing, criticizing a system that allowed it to happen

  • Sep 15 US, UK and Australia announce trilateral security partnership Aukus, to counteract influence of China, including helping Australia build nuclear-powered submarines [1]
  • Sep 16 Britain's Kew Gardens sets world record for the largest living plant collection (16,900) on a single site according to Guinness World Records
  • Sep 16 Earliest evidence announced for humans making clothes discovered from bone tools 100,000 years old found at Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco [1]

Event of Interest

Sep 16 French President Emmanuel Macron says France has killed leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi

  • Sep 16 Idaho Department of Health and Wellness says whole state now in a hospital resource crisis, will ration healthcare, due to COVID-19 surge [1]
  • Sep 17 France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia, describing their new Aukus pact and the cancellation of a major military contract as a 'stab in the back'
  • Sep 17 Netflix drama "Squid Game" premieres created by Hwang Dong-hyuk
  • Sep 18 US authorities begin moving, to repatriate, more than 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants living under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas
  • Sep 19 73rd Emmy Awards: "The Crown" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "Mare of Easttown" Best Limited Series
  • Sep 19 Body of travelogue blogger Gabby Petito found at Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
  • Sep 19 Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts on the Spanish island of La Palma, its first eruption since 1971

Music History

Sep 19 RuPaul becomes the most decorated black artist in Emmy history, winning his 11th award for "RuPaul’s Drag Race"

  • Sep 19 US apologizes for an Afghan airstrike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children

World Record

Sep 20 First edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein" sells for $1.17 million, setting new world record for a printed work by a woman [1]

  • Sep 20 Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez hits his 46th home run to break Hall of Famer Johnny Bench's MLB record for most in a season by a catcher, in Royals 7-2 win in Cleveland
  • Sep 20 Pfizer announces they have developed a safe COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds with the dose 1/3 of the strength
  • Sep 21 McDonald's announces plans to "drastically" reduce plastic in its Happy Meals by 2025 (these meals make it one of largest toy distributors in the world) [1]
  • Sep 21 World leaders address climate change at the UN, Joe Biden pledges to double financial aid to developing countries, President Xi Jinping says China will stop coal-fired projects abroad [1]
  • Sep 22 WHO warns urgent action needed on air pollution, is on a par with smoking and a poor diet, causing seven million premature deaths a year
  • Sep 23 Biden administration and EPA introduce first regulation against greenhouse gases, reduction of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% in 15 years
  • Sep 23 Fossilized footprints 23,000-21,000 years old from White Sands, New Mexico indicate settlement by humans of North and South America earlier than previous thought [1]
  • Sep 24 Notorious Indian gangster Jitender Maan Gogi shot death in a court in Delhi, by men posing as lawyers

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 25 Farm Aid held in Hartford, Connecticut; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bettye LaVette, Tyler Childers, the Wisdom Indian Dancers, and the Horse Hill Singers [1]

  • Sep 25 UK announces temporary visas to try and counteract shortage of lorry drivers for deliveries to the UK amid panic buying on fuel
  • Sep 26 74th Tony Awards: "Moulin Rouge!" Best Musical, "The Inheritance" Best Play, Aaron Tveit, Lois Smith and Adrienne Warren win
  • Sep 26 German election: center-left Social Democrats win most seats but not a majority over ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union without its retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Sep 26 Laver Cup Men's Tennis, Boston: Team Europe whitewash Team World, 14-1; Team Europe wins title for a 4th consecutive edition; Andrey Rublev 3-0 for event high 6 points
  • Sep 26 Ryder Cup Golf, Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin: United States regain title beating Team Europe by a record, 19-9; Dustin Johnson 5-0-0
  • Sep 26 Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage in nationwide referendum
  • Sep 27 NASA/USGS Landsat-9 earth-observing satellite launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California

Film & TV History

Sep 27 Netflix says Shonda Rhimes' "Bridgerton" is its most-watched series ever, with "Extraction", starring Chris Hemsworth, its No. 1 film [1]

Music History

Sep 27 R&B artist R. Kelly is convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after a six-week trial in New York [1]

Film Premiere

Sep 28 James Bond film "No Time To Die", the last starring Daniel Craig, premieres after an 18 month delay due to the pandemic

  • Sep 28 Russia reports its highest daily COVID-19 death toll of 852 amid its third wave of infections with less than half of the population vaccinated with one dose [1]
  • Sep 28 US National Inventors Hall of Fame announces it will induct two Black women for the first time; Engineer Marian Croak and ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath

Music History

Sep 29 Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears suspended as her conservator by a judge in Los Angeles after claims of abuse

  • Sep 29 Prison riot between rival drug cartels in Litoral penitentiary, Ecuador, results in 116 deaths, with some beheaded or decapitated
  • Sep 29 Tunisian President Kais Saied appoints Najla Bouden Romdhan as Tunisia's and the Arab world's first female prime minister
  • Sep 29 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declares 23 species of bird, fish and other wildlife extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker
  • Sep 30 Canada observes its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring victims and survivors of residential schools for indigenous children
  • Sep 30 Former UK policeman Wayne Couzens given rare life-sentence for raping and killing Sarah Everard, judge saying his crime as bad as a terrorist atrocity [1]
  • Sep 30 Land, including world's oldest living rainforest, Daintree National Park (180 million yrs old) returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, Australia [1]
2021 History

Famous Weddings

Lena Dunham

Sep 25 Producer and actress Lena Dunham marries composer Luis Felber

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Jim Fuller, American college football coach and athletics administrator (coach 1977-83; AD 2003-08 Jacksonville State University), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • Sep 1 Juan Rodríguez Vega, Chilean soccer defender (26 caps; Universidad de Chile, Atlético Español), dies at 77
  • Sep 1 Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Separatist leader in Kashmir (headed resistance against Indian rule), dies at 92 [1]
  • Sep 2 David Patten, American football wide receiver (Super Bowl 2001, 04, 05; New England Patriots), dies in a road accident at 47
  • Sep 2 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 96
  • Sep 3 John Watkins, South African cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 29 wickets, 3 x 50s; Natal), dies from COVID-19 at 98
  • Sep 3 Ruth Olay, American jazz and cabaret singer, dies at 97
  • Sep 4 Tunch Ilkin, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1988, 89; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (Pittsburgh Steelers TV & radio 1998-2020), dies of ALS complications at 63
  • Sep 4 Willard Scott, American weather forecaster (Today Show), dies at 87
  • Sep 5 Ivan Patzaichin, Romanian canoeist (Olympic gold C-2 1000m 1968, 80, 84; C-1 1000m 1972; World C'ship gold x 8), dies from lung cancer at 71
  • Sep 5 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - "Jim Dandy (To the Rescue)"), dies of COVID-19 complications, including kidney failure and heart attack at 72
  • Sep 5 Sarah Harding, British pop singer (Girls Aloud - “Sound of the Underground,” “Love Machine), dies of breast cancer at 39

Jean-Paul BelmondoJean-Paul Belmondo (1933-2021)

Sep 6 French actor (Breathless; Casino Royale; Magnifique), dies at 88

  • Sep 6 Jean-Pierre Adams, French soccer centre-back (22 caps; Nîmes, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain), dies after 39 years in a coma at 73
  • Sep 7 Phil Schaap, American Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, DJ, author and educator, dies of cancer at 70
  • Sep 8 Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, dies of heart failure at 68
  • Sep 9 Danilo Popivoda, Serbian soccer forward (20 caps Yugoslavia; Olimpija, Eintracht Braunschweig), dies at 74
  • Sep 9 Urbain Braems, Belgian soccer manager (Anderlecht, Beveren, Standard de Liège, Trabzonspor), dies at 87
  • Sep 10 Michael Chapman, British progressive folk-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter (Looking for Eleven; Fully Qualified Survivor), dies at 80
  • Sep 11 Mick Tingelhoff, American Pro Football HOF center (6 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies at 81
  • Sep 12 Michel Maïque, French rugby league second rower (8 Tests; FC Lézignan) and politician (Mayor of Lézignan-Corbières 2014-20), dies from acute pancreatitis at 73
  • Sep 13 George Wein, American music promoter (Newport Jazz Festival; Newport Folk Festival; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), dies at 95
  • Sep 13 Ruly Carpenter, American baseball executive (principal owner and president Philadelphia Phillies 1972-81), dies at 81
  • Sep 14 Norm MacDonald, Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor (Saturday Night Live, 1993-98; Dirty Work; The Norm Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 14 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), dies at 66
  • Sep 15 Lou Angotti, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins), dies at 83
  • Sep 16 Boet van Dulmen, Dutch motorcycle racer (84 starts, 1 win, 4 podiums,1 pole; Finnish 500cc GP 1979), dies in a road accident at 73
  • Sep 16 Clive Sinclair, British consumer electronics inventor (Executive pocket calculator; ZX Spectrum computer), dies of cancer at 81 [1]
  • Sep 16 Dušan Ivković, Serbian basketball point guard (Radnički Belgrade) and coach (Yugoslavia 1987-95; Serbia 2008-13; FIBA HOF), dies from pulmonary edema and herpes at 77
  • Sep 16 Jane Powell [Suzanne Burce], American singer and actress (Royal Wedding; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dies at 92

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika (1937-2021)

Sep 17 Algerian politician, President of Algeria (1999-2019), dies of a heart attack at 84

  • Sep 17 Michael J. Fitzgerald, American technical writer and novelist (Song of Falling Leaves), dies at 63
  • Sep 17 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Maryland Eastern Shore; 6 x Pro-Bowl; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Neil McCarthy, American college basketball coach (Weber State Uni 1974-85, New Mexico State Uni 1985-97), dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Jimmy Greaves, English soccer striker (57 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Chelsea, Tottenham) and journalist/broadcaster (The Sun, World of Sport, On the Ball), dies at 81
  • Sep 19 John Challis, British stage and screen actor (Only Fools and Horses - "Boycie"; Green Green Grass), dies of cancer at 79
  • Sep 19 Max Wiltshire, Welsh rugby union lock (4 Tests; Aberavon RFC), dies at 83
  • Sep 20 Billy Maxwell, American golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1951; Ryder Cup 1963; 7 x PGA Tour wins), dies at 92
  • Sep 20 Jan Jindra, Czech rower (Olympic gold Coxed four 1952, bronze Eight 1960), dies at 89
  • Sep 20 Sarah Dash, American pop, R&B, and disco singer (Patti LaBelle & Bluebirds; Labelle - "Lady Marmalade"), dies at 76
  • Sep 20 Sherwood Boehlert, American politician (Rep-R-NY, 1983-2007), dies at 84
  • Sep 21 Al Harrington [born Tausau Ta'a], Samoan-American actor (Hawaii Five-O, 1969-75 -"Ben"; Hawaii Five-O, 2011-18 - "Mamo"), dies after a stroke at 85

Melvin Van PeeblesMelvin Van Peebles (1932-2021)

Sep 21 American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, dies at 89

  • Sep 21 Romano Fogli, Italian soccer midfielder (13 caps; Torino FC, Bologna FC 1909, A.C. Milan, Calcio Catania) and manager (Bologna FC), dies at 83
  • Sep 22 Bob Moore, American session double bassist (Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley; Roger Miller), and orchestra leader ("Mexico"), dies at 88
  • Sep 22 Jay Sandrich, American Emmy Award-winning television director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Soap; The Cosby Show), dies at 89
  • Sep 22 Orlando Martínez, Cuban boxer (Olympic gold bantamweight 1972), dies at 77
  • Sep 22 Roger Michell, British stage and screen director (Blue/Orange; Notting Hill; Hyde Park On Hudson), dies at 65
  • Sep 23 Nino Vaccarella, Italian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1964; 12 Hours of Sebring 1970), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Sue Thompson [Eva Sue McKee], American pop and country music singer ("Sad Movies (Make Me Cry")), dies at 96
  • Sep 23 [Alfred] "Pee Wee" Ellis, American jazz, funk, and rock saxophonist, arranger (James Brown; Van Morrison; Maceo Parker), and songwriter ("The Chicken"; "Cold Sweat"), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Sep 24 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and tennis coach (father of Andre Agassi), dies at 90
  • Sep 24 Eugeniusz Faber, Polish soccer forward (36 caps; Ruch Chorzów, Lens), dies at 82
  • Sep 24 Waka Nathan, New Zealand rugby union flanker (14 Tests; Auckland RU), dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Len Ashurst, English soccer defender (Sunderland AFC 409 games) and manager (Cardiff City, Sunderland, Newport County), dies at 82
  • Sep 26 Alan Lancaster, British rock bassist (Status Quo, 1967-85 - "Pictures of Matchstick Men"), dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 72
  • Sep 26 Commander Cody [George Frayne], American singer and pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), dies of esophageal cancer at 77
  • Sep 26 Ndakasi, Congolese mountain gorilla whose photobomb went viral, dies of illness at Virunga National Park at 14 [1]
  • Sep 26 Syarhyey Hyerasimets, Belarusian soccer midfielder (25 caps; Shakhter Donetsk, Dinamo Minsk) and manager (Okzhetpes, Piter Saint Petersburg), dies at 55
  • Sep 27 Roger Hunt, English soccer forward (34 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Liverpool 404 games, 244 goals; Bolton Wanderers), dies at 83
  • Sep 28 "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 79 [1]
  • Sep 28 B. Satyaji Rao, Indian cricket umpire (17 Tests 1960-79; 5 x Ranji Trophy finals), dies at 91
  • Sep 28 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Susanna; Prince of Players), dies at 95
  • Sep 28 Tommy Kirk, American actor (Old Yeller), dies at 79
  • Sep 29 Bronius Kutavičius, Lithuanian composer (The Gates of Jerusalem; Lokys) and teacher (Čiurlionis School of Art, 1975-2000), dies at 89
  • Sep 29 Dom Alexandre José Maria dos Santos, Mozambican Roman Catholic Cardinal, Mozambique's 1st black priest, dies at 97 [1]
  • Sep 29 Glyn Moses, Welsh rugby league fullback (2 caps Wales. 9 Great Britain; Salford, St. Helens), dies at 93
  • Sep 29 Heiko Salzwedel, German cycling coach (est. Australian Institute of Sport Road Cycling/MTB program; German, Danish, British Cycling), dies at 64
  • Sep 30 José Pérez Francés, Spanish road racing cyclist (Tour de France 1963 overall 3rd), dies at 84