On This Day

Historical Events on September 12 (Part 2)

  • 1995 Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.
  • 1997 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
  • 1997 The UN passes a resolution allowing Iraq to reach the $2.14 billion oil sales limit under its oil-for-food program

US Open Women's Tennis

1998 US Open Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport wins her first career Grand Slam title; beats defending champion Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-5

  • 1999 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor.
  • 1999 51st Emmy Awards: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Dennis Franz & Edie Falco win

US Men's Tennis Open

1999 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

1999 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

  • 2000 Holland (the Netherlands) passes law allowing same-gender marriage, adoption and divorce.
  • 2001 Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.
  • 2001 Ansett Australia, Australia's first commercial interstate airline, collapses due to increased strain on the international airline industry leaving 10000 people unemployed.
  • 2003 In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
  • 2003 The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

US Men's Tennis Open

2004 US Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland wins first US title; outclasses Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6, 6-0

  • 2004 Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 20-16 at Soldier Field to snap their NFL-record 24-game road losing streak
  • 2005 The red-green coalition, led by Jens Stoltenberg, wins the Norwegian parliamentary election, taking 87 of 169 seats in the parliament.
  • 2005 Israel completes its withdrawal of all troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip.
  • 2005 The bodies of more than 40 patients discovered in a flooded hospital in New Orleans.
  • 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

Radio History

2005 Mark Messier announces on ESPN radio that he will retire from the NHL

Historic Event

2007 Shinzō Abe announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of Japan.

Historic Event

2007 Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada is convicted of the crime of plunder.

  • 2009 The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.

US Open Women's Tennis

2009 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Kim Clijsters becomes first unseeded player and wildcard to win the tournament; beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 7-5, 6-3

  • 2009 South Africa claims 3rd Tri Nations Rugby Series with 32-29 win over defending champions New Zealand in Hamilton; Steyn bros dominate with the boot; Morné kicks 2 penalties, 2 conversions & dropped goal; François, 3 penalties

US Men's Tennis Open

2011 US Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his first US title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Music Single

2011 "Love On Top" single released by Beyoncé (Grammy Award Best Traditional R&B Performance 2013, Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

  • 2012 18 soldiers are killed by a rebel car bomb in Syria
  • 2012 314 people are killed in factory fire in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2012 Apple unveils its iPhone 5 and iOS 6

Historic Event

2012 Excavators announce that they may have found the remains of King Richard III of England under a carpark in Leicester

  • 2015 Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the UK Labour party
  • 2015 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Italian final Flavia Pennetta wins her only Grand Slam title; beats Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-7, 6-2; first Italian to win US title
  • 2015 12 tourists mistaken for militants, are killed by Egyptian forces in Egypts Western Desert
  • 2017 Hope Hicks appointed permanent White House Communications Director after working in an interim role
  • 2017 Monster fatburg 250m long, 130 tons, size of 11 buses found in sewers under east London
  • 2017 Lady Gaga confirms her battlle with chronic illness fibromyalgia
  • 2017 Apple unveils premium iPhone X costing $999, along with iPhone 8
  • 2018 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"
  • 2018 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • 2018 European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote

US Open Women's Tennis

2020 US Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her second US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

Venice Film Festival

2020 Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland" starring Frances McDormand wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

  • 2021 US Open Men's Tennis: Russia's Daniil Medvedev wins his first major title by shattering Novak Đoković's hopes of completing a Grand Slam in one-sided 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 final
  • 2021 Taliban says women must study in gender-segregated classrooms in Afghanistan

Video Music Awards

2021 40th MTV Video Music Awards: Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo win

  • 2021 World's largest container ship, the Ever Ace, 400m-long (1,300ft) carrying 23,992 containers arrives in Felixstowe on its maiden voyage [1]
  • 2021 Paris's Arc de Triomphe covered in fabric in tribute to the late artist Christo, his unfulfilled project