On This Day

September 2009 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 5 Denmark celebrates the first national flagday, in memory of the fallen Danes in international operations since 1948.
  • Sep 9 Cyprus enters recession after 0.6% contraction in the first quarter, followed by 0.4% in the second quarter
  • Sep 11 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
  • Sep 11 Sweden emerges from the recession after witnessing GDP growth of 0.2% in the second quarter
  • Sep 12 The 9-12 Project organized multiple marches and demonstrations across the USA to protest government spending.
  • Sep 21 Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter
  • Sep 26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 27 German Federal elections return Angela Merkel for her second term as Chancellor at head of centre-right coalition government

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • Sep 28 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
  • Sep 29 An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami.
  • Sep 29 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a third and final Mercury flyby

Deaths in History

  • Sep 2 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • Sep 8 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • Sep 11 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian and the world's oldest living person, dies at 115
  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), dies at 95
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Sep 14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • Sep 14 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Sep 17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • Sep 23 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • Sep 24 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

Sep 27 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Sep 28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • Sep 29 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78