September 15 Events in History - September 15 Birthdays - September 15 Deaths
2014 Category 3-strength Hurricane Odile makes landfall near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, destroying property and leaving many residents without electricity or potable water; the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm overnight as it continues north
2014 The U.N. will remove peacekeepers from the Syrian side of Golan Heights after the recent capture and release of 45 U.N. troops from Fiji by Syrian rebel forces; the U.N. has worked in the area for 40 years to keep peace between Syria and Israel
2013 Indonesia's Mount Sinabung explodes, causing nearly 6,000 people in the country's North Sumatra province to flee
2013 In New Zealand, David Cunliffe is elected leader of the Labour Party
2012 Mass protests take place in Tamil Nadu, India, as opposition to the Kudankulam nuclear power project grows
2012 In Moscow, tens of thousands protest against Vladimir Putin, chanting, 'We are the power here!' and 'Russia without Putin!'
2011 A previously unknown species of bottlenose dolphin is identified by researchers at Australia's Monash University, who named it Tursiops australis
2011 Together with male and female, 'indeterminate' can now be listed as a gender on Australian passports
2010 Hurricane Julia becomes the fifth hurricane in the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season
2010 Despite considerable opposition, Christine O'Donnell is elected as the Republican Party candidate for Delaware
2008 Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy
2004 Hurricane Ivan hits Alabama and Florida killing nearly 30
1997 Edison International purchases Anaheim Stadium naming rights for $50M
1997 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000
1996 2nd Presidents Golf Cup: U.S. beats International team 16 -15 at Robert Jones Va
1996 Bangladesh beat UAE by 104 runs to win the ACC Trophy Final
1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1996 Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
1995 Cards shortstop Ozzie Smith sets record of 1,554 double plays
1994 "Sound of Motown," premieres in Rotterdam
1994 Dennis Richardson sworn in as head of St. Maarten
1994 Moslem fundamentalists kidnap and behead 16 citizens in Algeria
1993 Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament
1992 Ted Weiss, despite dying on 14th, wins congressional New York City seat
1991 "Party Machine with Nia Peeples" final show
1991 19th du Maurier Golf Classic: Nancy Scranton
1991 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly
1991 SD State freshman Marshall Faulk sets NCAA rushing record of 386 yards
1991 U.S. women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)
1990 42nd Emmy Awards - LA Law and Murphy Brown win
1990 Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen is 1st to record 50 saves
1990 Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation
1990 Florida lottery goes over $100,000,000
1990 France announce it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf
1988 "Les Miserables," opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
1988 Lillehammer, Norway upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
1988 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
1988 Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi
1986 1st broadcast of "LA Law" on NBC-TV
1986 Bomb attack in Paris, 1 dead
1985 26th Ryder Cup: Europe beat U.S., 16 -11 at The Belfry, England
1985 Joanne Carner wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
1985 Olof Palme forms Sweden minority government
1985 Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings
1985 Willie Nelson's Farm Aid concert
1985 Yankees trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro
1984 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
1984 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1983 Cops beat to death Michael Stewart for graffiting New York City subway
1983 Israel premier Begin resigns
1982 1st issue of "USA Today" published by Gannett Co Inc
1982 Israeli forces began pouring into west Beirut
1982 Pope John Paul II receives PLO leader Yasser Arafat
1981 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor
1981 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/marxism
1980 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"
1979 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL and NL (Astros)
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1978 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
1978 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1978 Yankees beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yankees lead 2 games
1977 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 124 performances
1977 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when manager Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)
1977 President Carter meets with 15 record company executives
1977 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who ...," premieres in New York City
1976 Soyuz 22 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit for 8 days
1975 Mike Vail extends hitting streak ton rookie-record 23 straight game
1974 Market Square Arena in Indianapolis opens
1974 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
1973 "Star Trek-Animated" premieres on TV
1973 Dutch Guilder devalued 5%
1973 Ohio State's Archie Griffith begins record 31 cons 100 yd rushing
1973 Secretariat wins Marlboro Cup in world record 1:45 2/5 for 1 miles
1972 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1971 1st broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC-TV
1970 Decca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million
1970 PLO leader Arafat threatens to make a cemetery of Jordan
1970 Rotterdam harbor strikes end
1969 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 New York Mets in a game
1968 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" Show on CBS TV
1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational
1968 Launch of Zond 5, 1st lunar fly-around with Earth reentry
1968 WUAB TV channel 43 in Lorain-Cleveland, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
1968 WXON TV channel 20 in Detroit, MI (IND) begins broadcasting
1968 Probable Test flight for a manned fly-around (scooped by Apollo 8)
1967 KPOB TV channel 15 in Poplar Bluff, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
1966 1st British nuclear sub HMS Resolution launched
1966 Dutch political party (D'66) forms
1966 Gemini XI (Conrad/Gordon) returns to Earth
1965 "Lost in Space" premieres
1964 Beatles play at Public Auditorium in Cleveland
1964 Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald"
1963 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
1963 Alou brothers-Felipe, Matty, and Jesus-appear in San Francisco outfield for 1 inn
1963 Ben Bella elected 1st president of Algeria
1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Eugene Ladies' Golf Open
1963 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
1962 "Bravo, Giovanni" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 76 performances
1962 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (U.S. wins)
1962 KC A's Bill Fischer sets record of 69 1/3 innings without a walk
1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1962 WOKR TV channel 13 in Rochester, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
1961 61st U.S. Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus
1961 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
1959 Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in U.S. to begin a 13-day visit
1958 48 die in a train crash in Elizabethport, New Jersey
1958 Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 in Newark, New Jersey
1957 "Bachelor Father" with John Forsythe premieres
1957 Adenauers CDU wins parliamentary election in West Germany
1957 SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) play their last game
1955 WCTV TV channel 6 in Tallahassee-Thomasville, Florida (CBS) begins
1953 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
1953 KVOA TV channel 4 in Tucson, Arizona (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 WVEC TV channel 13 in Hampton-Norfolk, Virginia (ABC) begins broadcasting
1952 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
1952 European Parliament forms in Strasbourg
1952 U.N. turns over Eritrea to Ethiopia
1951 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Ziegfeld New York City after 740 performances
1951 Emile Zatopek runs world record 20k (1:01:15.8)
1951 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ingruentium Malorum
1950 During Korean conflict, United Nations forces land at Inchon in South Korea
1950 East German premier Grotewohl pleads for German reunification
1950 For a record 6th time, New York Yankee Johnny Mize hits 3 home runs in one game
1950 Longest game in Phila's Shribe Park, Phillies beat Reds 8-7 in 19
1950 U.N. lands at Inchon to drive North Korean troops out of the south
1950 U.S. troop land on Wolmi-Do island off of Seoul
1949 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV
1949 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1949 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, Florida (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 "Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater New York City for 134 performances
1948 F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph
1948 WHN-AM in New York City changes call letters to WMGM
1947 1st 4 engine jet propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Oh
1947 Yankees clinch pennant #15
1946 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
1944 British bombers hit Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs
1944 Russian troops free Sofia Bulgaria
1944 U.S. 1st Infantry division pushes through to Westwall
1944 U.S. 28th Infantry division occupies Hill 555 at Roscheid
1944 U.S. troops lands on Palau and Morotai
1943 Benito Mussolini forms a rival fascist government in Italy
1943 Concentration Camp Vaivara in Estonia opens
1943 Concentration Camp Kauwen in Lithuania opens
1942 U.S. aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal
1941 Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
1940 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
1940 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)
1940 Luftwaffe bombs Bristol Aeroplane Company
1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill visits #11 Fighter Group
1940 Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
1938 British Prime Minister Chamberlain visits Hitler at Berchtesgarden
1938 John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1 day)
1938 Only time brothers hit back-to-back home runs (Lloyd and Paul Waner, Pitts)
1937 WPA extends L-Taraval streetcar to San Francisco Zoo (at Sloat Blvd)
1935 Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship and makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany
1931 British naval fleet mutinies at Invergordon over pay cuts
1931 Philadelphia A's clinch pennant, beating Cleveland
1930 1st International bridge match is held in London. U.S. team defeats England
1928 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva
1928 Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin
1928 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
1928 Stothard, Kalmar and Ruby's musical "Good Boy," premieres in New York City
1923 43rd U.S. Mens Tennis: William T Tilden beats W M Johnston (64 61 64)
1923 Bill Tilden wins U.S. Lawn Tennis Open
1922 Catcher Butch Henline is 1st NLer to hit 3 home runs in a game since 1897
1921 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Alcohol Paraclitus
1921 WBZ-AM in Boston MA begins radio transmissions
1918 CH Chubb gives Stonehenge to English state
1917 Russia proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky
1916 1st tank used in war, "Little Willies" at Battle of Flors, France
1916 Britains 1st use of tanks (Battle of Somme)
1915 Boston Braves beat St. Louis Cardinals 20-1
1914 Battle of Aisne begins between Germans and French during WW I
1914 U.S. Marines march out of Vera Cruz, Mexico
1913 1st U.S. milch goat show held, Rochester, New York
1912 Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins
1912 War between Turkey and Montenegro breaks out in Albania
1910 Boers and Afrikaners win 1st general elections in Union of South Africa
1904 Wilbur Wright makes his 1st airplane flight
1903 Queen Wilhelmina calls railroad strikers "criminals"
1899 5th U.S. Golf Open: Willie Smith shoots a 315 at Baltimore CC MD
1898 National Afro-American Council forms in Rochester NY
1894 Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang
1887 Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. Constitution
1882 British general Wolseley occupies Cairo
1879 Pim Mulier forms "Haarlem Football Club"
1873 Last German troops leave France
1870 Dutch 1st Chamber abolishes Capital punishment (20-18)
1862 Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
1857 Timothy Alder patents typesetting machine
1853 1st U.S. woman ordained a minister, Antoinette Blackwell
1846 Jung Bahadur Rana grabs power in Nepal
1835 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin reache Galapagos Islands
1830 1st to be run-over by a railroad train (William Huskisson, England)
1830 Duke of Wellington opens Liverpool and Manchester Railway
1821 Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras and Nicaragua gain independ
1812 French army under Napoleon reaches Kremlin, Moscow
1795 Cape Colony surrenders to England
1789 Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State
1787 Utrecht patriots flee to Amsterdam
1776 British forces capture Kip's Bay Manhattan during Revolution
1774 Cossack Emilian Pugachev captured
1733 King Frederik Willem I divides Prussia-Brandenburg in Cantons
1707 Rakoczi II and Czar Peter the Great sign social security agreement
1683 Germantown Pennsylvania founded by 13 immigrant families
1656 England and France sign peace treaty
1644 Giambattista Pamfili replaces Pope Urban VII as Innocent X
1621 Swedish troops occupy Riga
1620 Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims
1619 Prince Bethlen Gabors troops occupy Pozsony (Pressburg) Hungary
1590 Giambattista Catagna elected as Pope Urban VII
1584 San Lorenzo del Escorial Palace in Madrid finished
1556 Vlissingen ex-emperor Charles V returns to Spain
1514 Thomas Wolsey appointed archbishop of York
608 St. Boniface IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope