On This Day

Historical Events in September 2018

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

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)

  • 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 Argentine President Mauricio Macri announces new austerity measures, including closing half of all government ministries, in televised address
  • Sep 3 2018 heatwave made summer hottest ever in England, joint hottest for UK according to UK Meteorological Office
  • Sep 3 First public caning and conviction of lesbian couple attempting to have sex, by Sharia High Court in Terengganu state, Malaysia
  • Sep 4 Amazon becomes America's second trillion dollar company

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

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 WHO reports more than a quarter of people worldwide (1.4 billion) don't get enough physical exercise to avoid major diseases
  • Sep 4 Italian city Florence bans people eating in the street in its historic center
  • Sep 4 400-year old sunken Portuguese spice trade ship discovered near port of Cascais, Portugal
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 6 Remains of 166 people, 2 years old, found in mass grave in Veracruz state, Mexico

Music History

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

Music History

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

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

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

  • Sep 9 CBS chief Les Moonves departs the company after six more women make allegations of sexual abuse in "The New Yorker"
  • Sep 9 Swedish General Election: no party wins a majority with far-right Sweden Democrats making gains
  • Sep 9 Russian police detain over 1000 people amide nationwide protests against pension reform
  • Sep 9 Nia Franklin representing New York crowned Miss America 2019, first competition without a swimsuit section
  • Sep 9 Arirang Mass Games begins in North Korea to mark country's 70th anniversary featuring tens of thousands performing
  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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 Imprisoned Brazilian Ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva abandons his presidential campaign
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 11 Russia launches its largest military exercise since 1981 involving 300,000 personal with Chinese troops participating

Historic Publication

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

  • Sep 11 Suicide bombing in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, kills 68 and injures 165

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)

  • 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 12 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • Sep 12 European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote

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

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 13 Nearly 40% (36.6%) of all female suicides occur in India according to report published in "The Lancet"
  • 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
  • Sep 14 Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane
  • Sep 14 Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to conspiracy charges and agrees to co-operative with Government investigations
  • Sep 15 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), category 5 strength, makes landfall in Cagayan province, Philippines, killing at least 100
  • 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
  • Sep 15 Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years

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 16 Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall near Jiangmen City, China, winds 120 miles an hour cause tower blocks in nearby Hong Kong to sway
  • Sep 16 "Green Book" wins People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival

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 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 Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announce purchase of Time magazine for $190 million
  • Sep 16 First ever performance of comedy "Love's Victory" by Lady Mary Wroth at Penshurst Place, England, 400 years after it was written
  • Sep 16 US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in "The Washington Post"
  • 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 17 Flooding in Nigeria kills over 100 people as Benue and Niger Rivers overflow
  • Sep 17 50 girls treated in hospital in Kaya, Burkina Faso after illegal botched circumcisions
  • Sep 17 US border control agent confesses to the murder of four women and assault of another in Laredo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Needles purposely hidden in strawberries in Australia prompt government to order an investigation
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Florence has caused 900 people to be rescued from flooding, death toll at 23, city of Wilmington isolated officials announce

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 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 Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018
  • 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 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland
  • 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 21 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia

Appointment of Interest

Sep 22 Singer Rihanna is appointed as an ambassador for Barbados

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

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

  • Sep 23 Japan's space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid - Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft

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

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

  • 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

Historic Event

Sep 25 US fashion company Michael Kors buys Italian brand versace for $2.1 billion

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

Historic Event

Sep 25 US President Donald Trump criticizes Globalism and Iran speaking at the UN General Assembly

  • Sep 25 Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign from Instagram and parent company Facebook
  • Sep 25 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven loses a confidence vote after election results in a hung parliament
  • Sep 27 US Senate hearing into alleged sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh with him and accuser Christine Blasey Ford giving evidence
  • Sep 27 India's Supreme Court rules overturns 158-year old rule, section 497, decriminalizing adultery because it was discriminatory against women
  • Sep 27 First Chinese #MeToo case goes to court, TV star Zhu Jun sues for defamation after accusation posted online
  • Sep 27 Half of all orca could die through pollution involving polychlorinated biphenyls in the ocean, according to study published in "Science"

Historic Event

Sep 27 US Securities and Exchange Commission files lawsuit accusing Elon Musk of securities fraud

  • Sep 27 Justin Milne, head of Australian Broadcasting Corporation resigns amid allegations of firing journalists for the government
  • Sep 28 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits just off island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that hits cities of Donggala and Palu, at least 1649 people killed
  • Sep 28 Up to 50 million Facebook accounts hacked due to a code weakness

Sports History

Sep 28 Cristiano Ronaldo accused of rape in 2009 in US lawsuit filed in Nevada

Album Release

Sep 28 Warner Bros. Records releases American singer Cher's 26th solo studio album "Dancing Queen"; album contains cover versions of 11 songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, and lands in top 10 of charts in 19 countries

  • Sep 29 NY Yankees Venezuelan 2nd baseman Gleyber Torres smashes a 2-run homer in 8-5 win v Boston at Fenway Park; Yankees MLB record 265th homer of the season; Giancarlo Stanton adds #266 in 7th

Music History

Sep 29 Rapper Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to Ye

  • Sep 29 Large demonstrations across Brazil against far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro
  • Sep 30 Ryder Cup Golf, Le Golf National: Europe regains Cup with 17½–10½ win over the US; Italian Francesco Molinari wins all 5 matches; Sergio Garcia becomes biggest point scorer in event history with 25½
  • Sep 30 Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki's work "Juin-Octobre 1985" sells for $65 million in Hong Kong, in one of the most expensive art auctions ever in Asia
  • Sep 30 New York Yankees suffer a 10-2 drubbing at the Boston Red Sox but accumulate a MLB record 267 home runs for the season; surpass Seattle Mariners previous mark of 264 in 1997