On This Day

Historical Events on September 11 (Part 2)

  • 1991 Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers & Alejandro Pena pitched 1st combined no-hitter in NL, beating San Diego Padres, 1-0
  • 1992 Hurricane Iniki hits Kauai Hawaii; 3 die & 8,000 injured
  • 1993 Junxia Qu runs 1500m ladies' world record (3:50.46)

US Open Women's Tennis

1993 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins 15th Grand Slam singles title, 3rd US title; beats Helena Suková 6-3, 6-3

Emmy Awards

1994 46th Emmy Awards: Frasier, Picket Fences and Kelsey Grammer win

  • 1994 Jingyi Le swims female world record 50m freestyle

US Men's Tennis Open

1994 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins first US title; beats Michael Stich of Germany 6-1, 7-6, 7-5

  • 1995 Eastern Tennessee begins using new area code 423
  • 1995 Ohio's Governor Voinovich proclaims "Cleveland Indians Day"
  • 1995 Soyuz TM-22, lands
  • 1996 Union Pacific Railroad purchases Southern Pacific Railroad.
  • 1997 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.

Historic Event

1998 Independent counsel Ken Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.

  • 1998 16th Commonwealth Games open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia making Malaysia the first Asian country to host the games

US Open Women's Tennis

1999 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title; beats World #1 Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6

  • 2000 Activists protest against the World Economic Forum meeting in Melbourne, Australia.

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2001 Two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,606 people

  • 2001 Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people

Historic Event

2001 Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

Album Release

2001 Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West

  • 2002 Through extreme and coordinated effort, The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, exactly one year after the attack on the building.
  • 2003 Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh dies after being assaulted and fatally wounded on September 10.
  • 2003 The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into effect.
  • 2004 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria)
  • 2004 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Svetlana Kuznetsova wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5
  • 2005 The State of Israel completes its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Film Release

2005 "Pride & Prejudice", the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet, is released

US Men's Tennis Open

2005 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer retains title; beats Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1; Agassi's last appearance in a Grand Slam final

Solheim Cup

2005 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Crooked Stick GC: US regains Cup 15½–12½; Meg Mallon clinches with 3 & 1 victory over Karen Stupples

  • 2007 Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
  • 2009 The Brazilian economy technically leaves the recession when GDP grew 1.9% in the second quarter of 2009 after having fallen in the first quarter of 2009 and last quarter of 2008
  • 2009 Sweden emerges from the recession after witnessing GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter

US Open Women's Tennis

2010 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian defending champion Kim Clijsters beats Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-1 for her third US singles crown

  • 2012 50 Al-Shabaab fighters are killed in conflict with the Somali National Army
  • 2012 The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is stormed, looted and burned down, killing five people, including the US ambassador
  • 2012 The US is warned by Moody's that its AAA credit rating is at risk if lawmakers fail to produce a long-term debt reduction plan
  • 2012 29 people are killed and 11 injured after a bus runs off a mountain highway in Nepal
  • 2012 Japan nationalizes three of the disputed Senkaku Islands
  • 2013 12 Alawite sect members are killed by rebel fighters in central Syria
  • 2014 South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is found not guilty of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (and is later found guilty of culpable homicide)
  • 2015 A large crane collapses killing more than 100 people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Film & TV History

2015 Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory) are named highest earning TV actresses (28.5 million) by Forbes

  • 2015 Ex-Governor of Texas, Rick Perry becomes the first candidate to drop out of race for the Republican nomination

Film Premier

2015 "The Martian" based on the novel by Andy Weir, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

US Men's Tennis Open

2016 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his 3rd major title; beats defending champion Novak Đoković 6-7, 1-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

Historic Event

2017 One million march on this state's national day in Barcelona in support of independence for Catalonia

  • 2017 UN imposes new export sanctions on North Korea

Hurricane Irma

2017 Hurricane Irma leaves 7 million US homes without power in Florida and Georgia

  • 2017 Norwegian Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, heading a right-wing coalition, claims victory in Norway's general election
  • 2018 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
  • 2018 Imprisoned Brazilian Ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva abandons his presidential campaign
  • 2018 American-backed militia begins final push to oust militants from Hajin, Syria, last area under Islamic State control
  • 2018 Bus crash in southern Indian state of Telangana kills 53

Historic Event

2018 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lies in state in Accra, Ghana, ahead of a state funeral

  • 2018 Russia launches its largest military exercise since 1981 involving 300,000 personal with Chinese troops participating

Historic Publication

2018 "Fear: Trump in the White House" by Bob Woodward is published by Simon and Schuster

  • 2018 Suicide bombing in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, kills 68 and injures 165

Film Premier

2018 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)

  • 2019 Water detected for first time on planet outside out solar system, on exoplanet K2-18b 110 light-years away, in findings published in "Nature Astronomy"
  • 2021 US Open Women's Tennis: Emma Raducanu ends Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles title beating Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3; first qualifier to win a major title in Open era
  • 2021 74th Cannes Film Festival: Audrey Diwan's "Happening" (L'Événement) wins the Palme d'Or

Historic Event

2021 Twentieth anniversary of 9/11 marked by US President Joe Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in New York