On This Day

September 2011 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 7 Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
  • Sep 8 Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks in a Paris court and fined €6,000

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 14 Elizabeth Warren announces she intends to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 Massachusetts Senatorial election

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Sep 15 St. Thomas Assembly automobile plant in Southwold, Ontario, closes permanently after 44 years resulting in the loss of roughly 1,400 jobs
  • Sep 17 Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zucotti Park, New York City.
  • Sep 18 36th Toronto International Film Festival: "Where Do We Go Now?" directed by Nadine Labaki wins the People's Choice Award (Drama)
  • Sep 20 The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

Deaths in History

  • Sep 2 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • Sep 11 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • Sep 12 Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • Sep 20 Robert Whitaker, British photographer whose work was used on Beatles and Cream album covers, dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • Sep 21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • Sep 23 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), dies at 97

Person of interestWangari Maathai

Sep 25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), dies from ovarian cancer at 71

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Sep 25 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), dies at 78
  • Sep 26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • Sep 30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)