On This Day

Historical Events on September 10 (Part 2)

Film 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

Musical Finale

2000 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" closes on at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 7,485 performances; won 7 Tony Awards, 3 Drama desk Awards, and a Grammy Award

Emmy Awards

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

US 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

Film & TV History

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 Premier

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

US 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

US 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

Coup 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.

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

US 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

  • 2012 16 people are killed by a suicide bombing in 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

US 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

  • 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

Hurricane Irma

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

US 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

Historic Event

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

  • 2018 California passes law to commit to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045
  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Publication

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

  • 2019 Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency delivers 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)