On This Day

Historical Events on September 18 (Part 2)

  • 1997 Controversial art exhibition "Sensation" featuring works by Young British Artists from the collection of Charles Saatchi opens at the Royal Academy in London
  • 1998 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is formed.

Film Release

1998 "Rush Hour" directed by Brett Ratner, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker released - Jackie Chan's Hollywood breakthrough

Toronto Film Festival

1999 24th Toronto International Film Festival: "American Beauty" directed by Sam Mendes wins the People's Choice Award

  • 2001 First mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attacks.
  • 2003 The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent
  • 2004 29th Toronto International Film Festival: "Hotel Rwanda" directed by Terry George wins the People's Choice Award

Farm Aid Concert

2004 Farm Aid 17 held in Auburn, Washington; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Blue Merle, Tegan and Sara, and Marc Broussard

  • 2005 57th Emmy Awards: Lost, Everybody Loves Raymond, James Spader & Patricia Arquette win

Federation Cup

2005 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Paris, France: Russian pair Elena Dementieva & Dinara Safina win deciding doubles rubber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo & Mary Pierce of France; clinches Russia's 2nd consecutive title, 3-2

Farm Aid Concert

2005 Farm Aid 18 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, and Wilco

  • 2006 Right wing protesters riot the building of the Hungarian Television in Budapest, Hungary, one day after an audio tape was made public, in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted he and his party lied during the 2006 general elections.
  • 2006 "Watching You" single released by Rodney Atkins (Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Election of Interest

2007 Pervez Musharraf announces that he will step down as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after he is re-elected president

  • 2007 Buddhist monks join anti-government protesters in Myanmar, starting what some called the Saffron Revolution.
  • 2009 The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast.

Emmy Awards

2011 63rd Emmy Awards: Mad Men, Modern Family, Kyle Chandler & Julianna Margulies win

  • 2011 36th Toronto International Film Festival: "Where Do We Go Now?" directed by Nadine Labaki wins the People's Choice Award (Drama)
  • 2012 10 Turkish soldiers are killed and 70 injured in missile attack by Kurdish militants in Bingol, Turkey
  • 2012 26 people are killed in a fire in a Pemex gas facility in Reynosa, Mexico
  • 2012 The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools reach a deal that ends an 8-day strike.
  • 2012 World's first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant undertaken at the University of Gothenburg
  • 2014 Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum

Film & TV History

2014 Emma Watson delivers an address to a standing ovation at UN Headquarters in New York City, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality

  • 2014 8 people (including 2 children) are shot dead in Bell, Florida
  • 2015 Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, confirms 2.3 million people applied for 238 menial office jobs
  • 2016 Earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan, findings published in PNAS journal

Election of Interest

2016 In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

  • 2016 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Chun In-gee of South Korea wins her 2nd major title by 4 strokes from Ryu So-yeon & Park Sung-hyun; 21-under-par score a record for all women's majors

Sports History

2017 England footballer Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drunk driving and is banned for driving for 2 years

  • 2017 Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27

Emmy Awards

2018 70th Emmy Awards: "Games of Thrones". "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Rhys, Claire Foy, Bill Hader win

  • 2018 China announces new $60 billion tariffs on US imports, a day after the US imposes $200 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods
  • 2018 Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018
  • 2018 South Africa's Constitutional court legalizes cannabis use by adults in private places

Election of Interest

2019 Photo of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing brownface in 2001 emerges during Canadian election campiagn

  • 2019 US White House bars California and other states from setting their own emission standards
  • 2019 Indian government proposes a ban on e-cigarettes
  • 2019 Boarding school fire kills at least 27 in Monrovia, Liberia

Election of Interest

2019 Second Israel General Election in five months results in another deadlock between Benny Gantz's Blue and White Party and Likud Party under Benjamin Netanyahu

  • 2019 Saudi Arabia's Defense Ministry says Iran was to blame for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities
  • 2020 Cyclone Ianos, a rare 'medicane' begins sweeping across Greece, killing three
  • 2020 Earliest dated evidence for the human species in the Arabian Peninsula as fossilized footprints 120,000 years old uncovered in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert [1]
  • 2021 US authorities begin moving, to repatriate, more than 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants living under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas