On This Day

Historical Events in September 1996

  • Sep 1 Vinny Testaverde completes 19 from 33 for 254 yards as the Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 17-14 in their NFL debut at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore
  • Sep 1 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 31st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $49,200,000

  • Sep 2 Soyuz TM-24, lands
  • Sep 2 A peace agreement is signed between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front in Malacañang Palace.
  • Sep 2 Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói (MAC) designed by Oscar Niemeyer inaugurated in Niterói, Brazil
  • Sep 3 Slowinski & Gage discovers 2^1257787-1 (34th known Mersenne prime)
  • Sep 4 13th MTV Video Music Awards: Alanis Morrissette and The Smashing Pumpkins win
  • Sep 5 "Summer & Smoke" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • Sep 5 Following US cruise missile strikes on Iraq, crude oil prices rise as the market speculates when Iraq will begin exporting oil under UN Resolution 986

Sports History

Sep 6 Baltimore Orioles' Eddie Murray's 500th career HR

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf retains her title; beats Monica Seles 7-5 6-4 for her 5th and final US singles crown

Music History

Sep 7 Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas, dies 6 days later

Theatrical Finale

Sep 8 August Wilson's drama "Seven Guitars" closes at Walter Kerr Theater, NYC, after 188 performances

  • Sep 8 48th Emmy Awards: ER, Dennis Franz & Kathy Baker win
  • Sep 11 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • Sep 13 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham

Baseball Record

Sep 14 As' Mark McGwire is 13th player to hit 50-HRs in a season

  • Sep 14 England Test cricket fast bowler Dean Headley equals WR by taking his 3rd hat-trick of the English County season for Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury
  • Sep 14 NY Met Todd Huntley sets record of 41 HRs by a catcher
  • Sep 14 Tara Dawn Holland (Kansas), 23, crowned 70th Miss America 1997
  • Sep 14 21st Toronto International Film Festival: "Shine" directed by Scott Hicks wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½
  • Sep 15 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final

Sports History

Sep 15 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

  • Sep 16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
  • Sep 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Panama City FL on WTBB 97.7 FM

Baseball Record

Sep 16 Paul Molitor of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits

  • Sep 16 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), launches into space

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Courtroom reality show "Judge Judy" with Judge Judith Sheindlin premieres in the US

  • Sep 17 Dodger Hideo Nomo no-hits Colorado Rockies, 9-0 at Coors Field

Baseball Record

Sep 18 Roger Clemens ties his own major league record with 20 strikeouts

  • Sep 19 "Skylight" opens at Royale Theater NYC
  • Sep 22 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, St. Pierre Hotel & CC: US retains Cup; beats Europe 17-11; in expanded format US wins 10 of 12 singles matches in final day blowout
  • Sep 23 Howard Stern radio show premieres in Wilkes-Barre PA (WZMT 97.9 FM) and in West Palm Beach FL (WCLB 95.5 FM)

Treaty of Interest

Sep 24 US President Bill Clinton signs the "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty" at the United Nations

  • Sep 25 The last of the Magdalen Asylums closes in Ireland.

Baseball Record

Sep 26 SF Giant Barry Bonds is 2nd player to hit 40 HRs & steal 40 bases

  • Sep 26 Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17), lands
  • Sep 27 Baltimore Oriole Roberto Alomar spits in face of umpire John Hirschbeck
  • Sep 27 In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
  • Sep 27 The Julie N. tanker skip crashes into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling thousands of gallons of oil.
  • Sep 28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • Sep 28 Joyce Giraud, crowned 8th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • Sep 28 NY Yankee Jim Leyitz is 2nd catcher to wear a hockey mask
  • Sep 28 Nebraska & Penn State are 5th & 6th major colleges to win 700
  • Sep 28 Orioles' Roberto Alomar suspended 5 games for spitting at ump
  • Sep 28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
  • Sep 29 "Delicate Balance" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC
  • Sep 29 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)

Music History

Sep 29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour in Houston Texas

  • Sep 29 Baltimore Orioles end season with record 257 HRs
  • Sep 29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
  • Sep 29 Nintendo 64 video game system debuts in USA (3 months after Japan)
  • Sep 29 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • Sep 29 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Federation Cup

Sep 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title