On This Day

Historical Events on September 15 (Part 2)

Papal Visit

1987 Pope John Paul II arrives in Los Angeles for a two-day papal visit, and addresses U.S. entertainment leaders

  • 1988 "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
  • 1988 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • 1988 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
  • 1988 Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi
  • 1989 The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • 1990 Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves
  • 1990 Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000
  • 1990 France announce it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf
  • 1990 15th Toronto International Film Festival: "Cyrano de Bergerac" directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1991 "Party Machine with Nia Peeples" final show
  • 1991 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Nancy Scranton wins by 3 shots from Debbie Massey
  • 1991 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)

Historic Event

1992 George Soros' Quantum Fund begins selling large amounts of pound sterling, labelled "the man who broke the Bank of England" when pound crashes out of the ERM next day

  • 1993 Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament

Music Single

1993 Single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" sung by Meat Loaf and composed by Jim Steinman is released. Goes on to be No. 1 in 28 countries.

  • 1994 "Sound of Motown" premieres in Rotterdam
  • 1994 Dennis Richardson sworn in as head of St Maarten
  • 1994 Muslim fundamentalists kidnap & behead 16 citizens in Algeria

Sports History

1995 Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays

Film Premier

1995 "Se7en" directed by David Fincher and starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey premieres in New York

  • 1996 Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Mark O'Meara and David Duval are undefeated as US edges International team, 16½-15½
  • 1996 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final

Sports History

1996 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34

  • 1997 Edison Intl purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M

Historic Event

1997 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000

  • 1997 Google.com is registered as a domain name
  • 1998 With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
  • 2000 27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia
  • 2001 26th Toronto International Film Festival: "Amelie" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2002 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh

Album Release

2003 ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie's 23rd studio album, "Reality"; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour

  • 2004 NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces a lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

Music Single

2005 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Blige (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

  • 2006 Trudy Pitts becomes 1st jazz artist to play a concert on Philadelphia's Kimmel Center's new 7,000 pipe organ
  • 2007 32nd Toronto International Film Festival: "Eastern Promises" directed by David Cronenberg wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2011 St. Thomas Assembly automobile plant in Southwold, Ontario, closes permanently after 44 years resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 jobs
  • 2012 Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s
  • 2013 21 people are killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad and Shia provinces, Iraq
  • 2013 27 people are killed after a coal mine collapses in Afghanistan
  • 2013 Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor
  • 2013 Edi Rama is elected Prime Minister of Albania
  • 2013 38th Toronto International Film Festival: "12 Years a Slave" directed by Steve McQueen wins the People's Choice Award

Golf Major

2013 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Suzann Pettersen of Norway wins by 2 strokes over New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko; first time event has major title status

  • 2014 Ewa Kopacz becomes Prime Minister of Poland

Historic Event

2014 President Obama announces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus

  • 2015 EU Migrant Crisis: Hungary seals its border with Serbia with a razor-wire fence, stranding thousands of migrants
  • 2017 Terrorist bomb only partially explodes in attack at Parsons Green tube station, London, injuring 29
  • 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), category 5 strength, makes landfall in Cagayan province, Philippines, killing at least 100
  • 2018 Archaeologists find the oldest-known brewery and remains of 13,000-year-old beer in Haifa cave, Israel, belonging to nomadic Natufian people
  • 2018 Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years

Sports History

2018 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

Historic Event

2019 UK PM Boris Johnson compares himself to Marvel Hulk character in newspaper interview "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets" about UK exiting the EU

Toronto Film Festival

2019 "Jojo Rabbit" directed by "Taika Waititi and starring Scarlett Johansson wins the top award at the Toronto Film Festival

  • 2019 Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience"
  • 2019 Hong Kong police fire water cannons and tear gas at thousands of protesters outside the British embassy, as protests continue in the city
  • 2019 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Gleneagles: Europe beats US, 14½-13½; Suzann Pettersen of Norway sinks 8-footer on 18th hole of final match to beat Marina Alex, 1-up and regain Cup

Historic Event

2020 Scientific American issues its 1st ever presidential endorsement in 175 years by backing Joe Biden

Historic Event

2020 Family of Breonna Taylor announce $12 million wrongful death settlement with city of Louisville, Kentucky, after her death in botched police raid March 13

Sports History

2021 US gymnasts, including Simone Biles, testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at a Senate Committee hearing, criticizing a system that allowed it to happen

  • 2021 US, UK and Australia announce trilateral security partnership Aukus, to counteract influence of China, including helping Australia build nuclear-powered submarines [1]

Historic Event

2021 SpaceX launches the first all-civilian spaceflight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for three-day orbit around Earth [1]