On This Day

Historical Events in September 1999

Sports History

Sep 1 Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux is approved as new owner of the struggling franchise; Penguins become first club in pro sports history to be owned by a former member of the team

  • Sep 1 56th Venice Film Festival: "Yi ge dou bu neng shao" directed by Zhang Yimou wins Golden Lion

Film Premiere

Sep 2 "Being John Malkovich" premieres directed by Spike Jonze, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz

  • Sep 3 Mario Lemieux's ownership group officially takes over the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins; Lemieux is first player in the modern era of sports to buy the team he once played for
  • Sep 4 MLB's Cincinnati Reds set a National League record with 9 home runs as they rout the Philadelphia Phillies, 22-3
  • Sep 7 A 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Athens, rupturing a previously unknown fault, killing 143, injuring more than 500, and leaving 50,000 people homeless.
  • Sep 8 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"

Film Premiere

Sep 8 "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes and starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, and Thora Birch, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2000)

Film Premiere

Sep 10 "Fight Club" film based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt premieres at the Venice Film Festival

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title; beats World #1 Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6

  • Sep 12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • Sep 12 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins 2nd and final US title; beats fellow American Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 12 Farm Aid 12 held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, and Barenaked Ladies

  • Sep 13 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.

Sports History

Sep 13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos

  • Sep 14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • Sep 16 1st ever season of "Big Brother" reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 18 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Stanford, California: Lindsay Davenport beats Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their record extending 16th title

Television Premiere

Sep 20 TV crime procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" created by Dick Wolf, starring Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni premieres on NBC

  • Sep 21 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead

Television Debut

Sep 22 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 NASA announces that it has lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter.
  • Sep 23 Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
  • Sep 26 Ryder Cup Golf, The Country Club, Brookline: US wins 14½-13½ after trailing 10-6 going into the singles; win first 6 matches to set up victory; poor American crowd & team behaviour heavily criticised
  • Sep 30 Japan's worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.