On This Day

Historical Events on September 10 (Part 2)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Music awardsVideo Music Awards

1998 15th MTV Video Music Awards: Madonna & Will Smith win

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
Actor Will Smith
Actor
Will Smith

Film release premierFilm Premier

1999 "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

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 2000 The musical Cats closes on Broadway

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

2000 52nd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Will & Grace, James Gandolfini & Sela Ward win

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2000 US Open Men's Tennis: Marat Safin of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats home favourite Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is awarded Actor of the Century at the Alexandria Film Festival

  • 2002 Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, joins the United Nations

Film release premierFilm Premier

2004 "Crash" directed by Paul Haggis and starring Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock premieres at the Toronto Film Festival (Best Picture 2006)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2005 125th US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters wins her first of 4 Grand Slam titles; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2006 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins 3rd straight US title; beats home favourite Andy Roddick 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

BattleCoup d'état

2007 Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif
  • 2008 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2011 US Open Women's Tennis: Samantha Stosur becomes first Australian to win a Grand Slam title since 1980; upsets Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2012 16 people are killed by a suicide bombing n Kunduz, Afghanistan
  • 2012 Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students

  • 2012 10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa
  • 2012 29 people are killed by floods and heavy rain in Vietnam
  • 2012 A left over bazooka grenade in Cambodia explodes and kills three children

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2012 US Open Men's Tennis: Andy Murray of Scotland wins his first Grand Slam event; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2013 16 people are killed after a series of bomb attacks across Iraq
  • 2013 Three people are killed after a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crashes in the Arctic Ocean
  • 2015 Floods and landslides in North East Japan, centered on Joso force 90,000 to evacuate their homes
  • 2015 New human-like species - Homo Naledi announced by Scientists and a team of female archaeologists, found deep in caves in South Africa
  • 2015 Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in wake of IRA supposed killing of Kevin McGuigan
  • 2016 US Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber beats Karolína Plíšková 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to become first German player to win the event since Steffi Graf in 1996

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Irma

2017 Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Florida Keys in the US as a category 3 hurricane

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
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Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

2017 US Open Men's Tennis: Spain's Rafael Nadal wins his 3rd US title; beats Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for urgent climate change conference saying "climate change moving faster than we are"

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • 2018 California passes law to commit to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice win Emmys for "Jesus Christ Superstar", making them all EGOT winners, Legend is the first black male winner

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend
  • 2018 South Carolina issues mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence
  • 2018 Australian newspaper the "Herald Sun" criticised for "racist" cartoon of American tennis star Serena Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 US President Donald Trump fires his third national security adviser John Bolton

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Alibaba chairman Jack Ma steps down, succeeded by Daniel Zhang

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • 2019 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
  • 2019 Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial, for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2019 Novelist Margaret Atwood publishes "The Testaments", her follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale"

  • 2019 Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency deliver 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
  • 2020 Wildfires in Oregon cause 500,000 people to evacuate, 10% of the population with unprecedented 900,000 acres burnt
  • 2020 Austrian British researcher Martin Hairer wins Breakthrough prize for mathematics worth $3 million for work on stochastic analysis
  • 2020 California's August Complex wildfire becomes largest recorded in state history at 471,000 acres (736 square miles)