On This Day

Historical Events on September 20 (Part 2)

Historic Event

2001 In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror"

  • 2002 The Kolka-Karmadon rock and ice slide starts in North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
  • 2003 Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé
  • 2003 A referendum is held in Latvia to decide the country's accession to the European Union

Film & TV History

2005 Model Kate Moss is dropped by clothing chain H&M after allegations of drug taking

Farm Aid Concert

2008 Farm Aid 21 held in Mansfield, Massachusetts; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels

  • 2010 The National Bureau of Economic Research state today that the US left the recession in June 2009, with managing director Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute saying GDP recovered to 70% of the pre-recession level
  • 2011 The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

Television Debut

2011 "New Girl", starring Zooey Deschanel, debuts on Fox

Music Single

2011 "Call Me Maybe", single by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, is released

  • 2012 50 people are killed and dozens injured after a gas station is bombed by the Syrian Army in Ain Issa
  • 2012 14 people are killed in a cafe suicide bombing in Somalia
  • 2012 AU Optronics fined $500 million for a LCD screen price-fixing
  • 2013 46 soldiers are killed in army-base attacks in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen
  • 2013 Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales
  • 2013 Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is boarded by Russian military
  • 2013 Alex Rodriquez sets new MLB record with 24 Grand Slam home runs for the New York Yankees
  • 2014 New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance

Election of Interest

2015 Alexis Tsipras and Syriza party declared the winners in Greek snap election

Meeting of Interest

2015 Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana, on the 1st day of his tour of Cuba

  • 2015 President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal's new constitution into law in Kathmandu
  • 2015 Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%
  • 2015 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, GC St. Leon-Rot: US regains Cup 14½ to 13½; Paula Creamer beats Sandra Gal 4 & 3 in deciding singles match
  • 2016 Black American Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city

Television Premiere

2016 "This Is Us" TV drama premieres in the US starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia

  • 2017 US Federal Reserve says it will start to unwind its bond portfolio employed in wake of the financial crisis
  • 2017 Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 25
  • 2018 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland

Summit of Interest

2018 EU leaders, including Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron, criticize Theresa May's Brexit plan at a summit in Salzburg, Austria

  • 2018 Overloaded ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, killing at least 207, with one man surviving in air lock for two days

Historic Event

2019 Students from 185 countries stage the world's largest-ever protest on climate change culminating in Manhattan rally led by Greta Thunberg

  • 2019 Rare Egyptian political protests take place against corruption in President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's government in Tahrir Square, Cairo and elsewhere

Historic Event

2019 Australian PM Scott Morrison welcomed for week-long visit at the White House by US President Donald Trump

  • 2019 Batman Day - 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic
  • 2019 The MOSAiC expedition, the greatest Arctic research expedition ever, sets sail from Norway, aims to stay trapped in ice for a year to study climate change
  • 2019 Researchers for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) propose that aliens may have bugged earths co-orbitals (nearby orbiting rocks) in "The Astronomical Journal"
  • 2020 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot CC: American Bryson DeChambeau claims his first career major title as the only player to score under par; wins by 6 strokes from Matthew Wolff
  • 2020 107th Tour de France: Slovenian Tadej Pogačar claims yellow jersey from countryman Primož Roglič; also wins mountains and U25 classifications; green jersey, Sam Bennett
  • 2020 FinCEN files leaked - over 2,000 mostly 'suspicious activity reports' to the US government showing banks allowed money laundering worth $2 trillion between 2000-17
  • 2020 72nd Emmy Awards held virtually: "Succession" best drama, "Schitts Creek" wins record nine awards for a comedy, "Watchman" best limited series
  • 2021 Pfizer announces they have developed a safe COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds with the dose 1/3 of the strength

World Record

2021 First edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein" sells for $1.17 million, setting new world record for a printed work by a woman [1]

  • 2021 Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez hits his 46th home run to break Hall of Famer Johnny Bench's MLB record for most in a season by a catcher, in Royals 7-2 win in Cleveland