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September 2018 in History

Events in History


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Sep 1 Memorial service for Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral with his daughter Meghan McCain, Barack Obama and George W. Bush speaking

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • Sep 2 About 400 prisoners escape a jail near Tripoli in Libya during militia fighting
  • Sep 2 Major fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro destroys most of its 20 million artifacts
  • Sep 3 Argentine President Mauricio Macri announces new austerity measures including closing half of all government ministries in televised address
  • Sep 3 2018 heatwave made summer hottest ever in England, joint hottest for UK according to UK Met Office
  • Sep 3 First public canning and conviction of lesbian couple attempting to have sex, by Sharia High Court in Terengganu state, Malaysia
  • Sep 4 Amazon becomes America's second trillion dollar company
  • Sep 4 Strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, Jebi hits Tokushima prefecture, swamping Kansai airport and killing at least 11

Film PremierThe Wizard of Oz

Sep 4 F.B.I. announces they have recovered Dorothy's ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz", stolen 13 years ago

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Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
Publicity still of the Wizard of Oz, showing the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion
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  • Sep 4 WHO reports more than a quarter of people worldwide (1.4 billion) don't get enough physical exercise to avoid major diseases
  • Sep 4 Italian city Florence bans people eating in the street in its historic center
  • Sep 4 400-year old sunken Portuguese spice trade ship discovered near port of Cascais, Portugal
  • Sep 5 Anonymous senior White house official opinion piece "I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" published by the New York Times

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Sep 5 UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirms in parliament two Russian military intelligence officers undertook novichok nerve agent attack, prompts international condemnation

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Sep 6 India's Supreme Court legalizes gay sex, overturning a colonial law
  • Sep 6 New York and New Jersey state attorneys launch investigations into sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, bring to six the number of states investigating

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Sep 6 Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is stabbed at a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Brazil

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Sep 6 Remains of 166 people, 2 years old, found in mass grave in Veracruz state, Mexico
  • Sep 8 Egypt sentences over 700 people, including 75 death sentences for 2013 pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya square
  • Sep 8 Archaeologists uncover more than 300 gold coins from late imperial period from theatre in Como, Italy
  • Sep 9 Swedish General Election: no party wins a majority with far-right Sweden Democrats making gains
  • Sep 9 Russian police detain over 1000 people amide nationwide protests against pension reform
  • Sep 9 Arirang Mass Games begins in North Korea to mark country's 70th anniversary featuring tens of thousands performing

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Sep 10 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls for urgent climate change conference saying "climate change moving faster than we are"

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
  • Sep 10 California passes law to commit to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045
  • Sep 10 South Carolina issues mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence
  • Sep 11 Imprisoned Brazilian Ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva abandons his presidential campaign
  • Sep 11 American-backed militia begins final push to oust militants from Hajin, Syria, last area under Islamic State control
  • Sep 11 Bus crash in southern Indian state of Telangana kills 53

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Sep 11 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lies in state in Accra, Ghana, ahead of a state funeral

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan
  • Sep 11 Russia launches its largest military exercise since 1981 involving 300,000 personal with Chinese troops participating

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Sep 11 "Fear: Trump in the White House" by Bob Woodward is published by Simon and Schuster

Author and Investigative Reporter Bob Woodward
Author and Investigative Reporter
Bob Woodward
  • Sep 11 Suicide bombing in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, kills 68 and injures 165
  • Sep 12 Oldest known human drawing discovered, 73,000 years old, in Blombos Cave, South Africa published in "Nature"
  • Sep 12 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • Sep 12 European parliament votes to pursue disciplinary action against Hungary for anti-democratic actions, first ever such vote

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Sep 13 Islamic extremism by 121 groups caused 84,000 deaths in 2017 according to report by Global Extremist Monitor presented by Tony Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Sep 13 Pope Francis meets with leaders of the American Catholic Church in Rome to discuss sexual abuse

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Sep 13 Spanish parliament votes to exhume former dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Sep 13 Nearly 40% (36.6%) of all female suicides occur in India according to report published in "The Lancet"
  • Sep 14 Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane
  • Sep 14 Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort pleads guilty to conspiracy charges and agrees to co-operative with Government investigations
  • Sep 15 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), category 5 strength, makes landfall in Cagayan province, Philippines, killing at least 100
  • Sep 15 Archaeologists find the oldest-known brewery and remains of 13,000-year-old beer in Haifa cave, Israel, belonging to nomadic Natufian people
  • Sep 15 Swimmer killed by shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach, first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts in 80 years
  • Sep 16 Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall near Jiangmen City, China, winds 120 miles an hour cause tower blocks in nearby Hong Kong to sway
  • Sep 16 Scott Dixon of New Zealand finishes second in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma to wrap up his 5th IndyCar Drivers' title for Chip Ganassi Racing; Honda wins Manufacturers' Cup; Canadian Robert Wickens is Rookie of the Year
  • Sep 16 Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announce purchase of Time magazine for $190 million
  • Sep 16 US Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault in the 1980s in "The Washington Post"
  • Sep 17 Flooding in Nigeria kills over 100 people as Benue and Niger Rivers overflow
  • Sep 17 50 girls treated in hospital in Kaya, Burkina Faso after illegal botched circumcisions
  • Sep 17 US border control agent confesses to the murder of four women and assault of another in Laredo, Texas
  • Sep 17 Needles purposely hidden in strawberries in Australia prompt government to order an investigation
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Florence has caused 900 people to be rescued from flooding, death toll at 23, city of Wilmington isolated officials announce
  • Sep 18 China announces new $60 billion tariffs on US imports, a day after the US imposes $200 billion worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods
  • Sep 18 Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018
  • Sep 18 South Africa's Constitutional court legalizes cannabis use by adults in private places
  • Sep 19 Korean joint summit in Pyongyang agrees to limit North Korea's weapons programme and to South Korea economic cooperation
  • Sep 20 Woman shoots seven people, killing three and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center near Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 20 EU leaders, including Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron, criticize Theresa May's Brexit plan at a summit in Salzburg, Austria
  • Sep 20 Overloaded ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, killing at least 207, with one man surviving in air lock for two days
  • Sep 21 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia
  • Sep 22 Four gunmen open fire on Revolutionary Guard soldiers at a parade in Ahvaz, Iran, killing 25 including civilians
  • Sep 23 Japan's space agency is the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid - Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft
  • Sep 23 Mud volcano, the Otman-Bozdag, erupts 300m (980ft) high, near Baku, Azerbaijan

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Sep 23 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches "Modicare", free heathcare for 500 million, world's biggest healthcare program

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • Sep 24 Ebola virus has caused 69 deaths and sickened 150 people according to Ministry of Heath in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sep 24 Pakyong Airport, India's 100th airport, is opened in the Himalayan mountains at 1,400 meters by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Sep 25 US fashion company Michael Kors buys Italian brand versace for $2.1 billion

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace

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Sep 25 US President Donald Trump criticizes Globalism and Iran speaking at the UN General Assembly

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 25 Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign from Instagram and parent company Facebook
  • Sep 25 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven loses a confidence vote after election results in a hung parliament
  • Sep 27 US Senate hearing into alleged sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh with him and accuser Christine Blasey Ford giving evidence
  • Sep 27 India's Supreme Court rules overturns 158-year old rule, section 497, decriminalizing adultery because it was discriminatory against women
  • Sep 27 Half of all orca could die through pollution involving polychlorinated biphenyls in the ocean, according to study published in "Science"

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Sep 27 US Securities and Exchange Commission files lawsuit accusing Elon Musk of securities fraud

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Sep 27 Justin Milne, head of Australian Broadcasting Corporation resigns amid allegations of firing journalists for the government
  • Sep 28 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits just off island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that hits cities of Donggala and Palu, at least 1649 people killed
  • Sep 28 Up to 50 million Facebook accounts hacked due to a code weakness
  • Sep 29 Large demonstrations across Brazil against far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro
  • Sep 30 Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki's work "Juin-Octobre 1985" sells for $65 million in Hong Kong, in one of the most expensive art auctions ever in Asia

Deaths in History


Person of interestRichard DeVos

Sep 6 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, dies at 92

Co-founder of Amway Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway
Richard DeVos
  • Sep 6 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), dies at 92
  • Sep 15 Jeff Lowe, American mountain climber (co-founder Lowe Alpine), dies of pneumonia at 67
  • Sep 18 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, dies at 78