On This Day

On This Day in History for September 13 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 1st TV viewer discretion warning-Soap
  • 1977 2nd Test flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • 1977 General Motors introduces 1st US diesel auto (Oldsmobile 88)
  • 1978 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • 1979 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1979 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of South Africa)
  • 1980 1st United Negro College Fund
  • 1980 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1981 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 50 die in Spantax Airlines DC-10 on takeoff from Malaga, Spain
  • 1983 Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save
  • 1983 Steve O'Shaughnessy scores 100 in 35 mins, Lancs v Leics
  • 1984 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad

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1984 Shimon Peres forms Israeli government with Likud

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1985 John Williams introduces new Today Show theme

  • 1985 Super Mario Bros game first appears, created by Shigeru Miyamoto at Nintendo
  • 1986 Bert Blyleven gives up a record 44 HRs in a season
  • 1986 11th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Decline of the American Empire" directed by Denys Arcand wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1987 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1987 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • 1988 9 hard/software manufacturers announce EISA computer bus in NY
  • 1988 Gilbert is strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere

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1989 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1990 Commuter train at Johannesburg South Africa attacked, 36 die
  • 1990 Iraqi troops storm residence of French ambassador in Kuwait
  • 1990 Senate Judiciary Com opens hearing on confirmation of David Souter
  • 1991 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1993 Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas sign the Oslo I peace accord
  • 1993 Wang Junxia runs a new women's 3000m world record (8:06.11) 1 day after setting previous record at the Chinese National Games
  • 1993 Queens NY begins required recycling
  • 1993 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway
  • 1994 George Burns undergoes surgery to drain fluid from his brain
  • 1994 Space probe Ulyssus passes south pole of Sun
  • 1995 The Kuwaiti Oil Ministry states its intention to seek a 200-million-barrels-per-day increase to its current 2-million-barrels-per-day crude oil production quota at OPEC meeting in Vienna
  • 1996 Phil Simmons scores 171 & takes 6-14 for Leics v Durham

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1997 Mother Teresa's State Funeral held in India

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1997 22nd Toronto International Film Festival: "The Hanging Garden" directed by Thom Fitzgerald wins the People's Choice Award
  • 1999 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
  • 2001 Civilian aircraft traffic resumes in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • 2001 Relative calm returns to world oil markets as US retail gasoline prices return to normal levels; energy trading by Houston energy companies resumes and limited commercial aviation starts
  • 2003 28th Toronto International Film Festival: "Zatoichi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2006 At Dawson College (Montreal), Kimveer Gill kills one student and wounds 19 others before committing suicide.
  • 2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
  • 2008 33rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Slumdog Millionaire" directed by Danny Boyle wins the People's Choice Award
  • 2012 19 people are killed after a freight elevator crashes from 100 meters in Wuhan, China
  • 2012 33,000 people are evacuated after Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts

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2012 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for Russian punk band Pussy Riot to be freed

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2012 Dr Mustafa Abushagur is elected as Prime Minister of Libya
  • 2013 30 people are killed by a mosque bombing attack in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 9 people are killed after massive floods in Galati County, Romania
  • 2014 At least 8 people are killed after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines coast
  • 2014 40 people are killed after T. B. Joshua's The Synagogue Church of All Nations collapses in Nigeria

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2015 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares a State of Emergency after wildfires devastate Lake and Napa counties

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 2015 EU Migrant Crisis: Germany introduces temporary border controls to cope with huge migrant numbers

Historic DiscoveryHurricane Irma

2017 Nursing home inhabitants rescued after losing their air-conditioning in aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Florida, 11 die

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Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
Satellite photo of Hurricane Irma shortly before landfall in Florida, with Hurricane Jose to the right
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2017 UN Secretary-General António Guterres says Rohingya refugee crisis now "catastrophic" as 370,000 confirmed to have fled Myanmar

PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
PM of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres

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2017 Martin Shkreli's bail revoked after he judged risk to community for posting $5,000 bounty for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

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2018 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

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2018 Pope Francis meets with leaders of the American Catholic Church in Rome to discuss sexual abuse

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2018 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
  • 2018 Nearly 40% (36.6%) of all female suicides occur in India according to report published in "The Lancet"
  • 2020 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Mirim Lee of South Korea wins her first major title; beats Brooke Henderson and Nelly Korda with a birdie on first playoff hole
  • 2020 US Open Men's Tennis: Austrian Dominic Thiem becomes first in 70 years to recover from 2 sets down to win US crown; beats Alexander Zverev of Germany 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6

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