History of 1 September
1905 – Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada.
1906 – Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox. (MLB)
1922 – The first daily news program on the radio was “The Radio Digest,” on WBAY radio in New York City, NY.
1939 – World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.
1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1945 – The U.S. received official word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.
1949 – “Martin Kane, Private Eye” debuted on NBC-TV.
1951 – The ANZUS Treaty, a mutual defense pact, was signed by the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
1952 – The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.
1969 – Col. Moammar Gadhafi came into power in Libya after the government was overthrown.
1970 – The last episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.
1971 – Danny Murtaugh (Pittsburgh Pirates) gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball.
1972 – America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1979 – The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.
1982 – J.R. Richard returned to major league baseball after a two-year absence following a near-fatal stroke.
1982 – Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo closed all the country’s private banks.
1985 – The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
1986 – Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.
1997 – In France, the prosecutor’s office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain’s Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
1998 – The movie “Titanic” went on sale across North America.
1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 56th and 57th home runs to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27.
1998 – J.K. Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.
1998 – Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.
1999 – Twenty-two of major league baseball’s 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.
2004 – The Beslan school siege begins when armed terrorists take schoolchildren and school staff hostage in North Ossetia, Russia; by the end of the siege three days later more than 385 people are dead (including hostages, other civilians, security personnel and terrorists).
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Clinton Portis, American football player
- 1981 – Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
- 1982 – Jeffrey Buttle, Canadian figure skater
- 1982 – Paul Dumbrell, Australian racing driver
- 1982 – Ryan Gomes, American basketball player
- 1983 – Inaki Lejarreta, Spanish cyclist
- 1983 – Jose Antonio Reyes, Spanish footballer
- 1983 – Jeff Woywitka, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1984 – Ludwig Goransson, Swedish film composer
- 1984 – Laszlo Koteles, Hungarian footballer
- 1984 – Nick Noble, American football player
- 1984 – Rod Pelley, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1984 – Joe Trohman, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1985 – Larsen Jensen, American swimmer
- 1986 – Anthony Allen, English rugby player
- 1986 – Gael Monfils, a French tennis player
- 1986 – Stella Mwangi, Kenyan-Norwegian singer-songwriter
- 1987 – Dann Hume, New Zealand singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer
- 1987 – Leonel Suárez, Cuban decathlete
- 1987 – Mats Zuccarello, Norwegian ice hockey player
- 1988 – Simona de Silvestro, Swiss racing driver
- 1988 – Gabriel Ferrari, American soccer player
- 1988 – Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1988 – Chanel West Coast, Rapper-songwriter and model
- 1989 – Astrid Besser, an Italian tennis player
- 1989 – Jefferson Montero, Ecuadorian footballer
- 1989 – Daniel Sturridge, English footballer
- 1990 – Stanislav Tecl, Czech footballer
- 1991 – Rhys Bennett, English footballer
- 1991 – Angélica Kvieczynski, Brazilian gymnast
- 1992 – Cristiano Biraghi, Italian footballer
- 1992 – Woo Hye-Lim, South Korean singer-songwriter
- 1993 – Mario Lemina, Gabonese footballer
- 1994 – Anna Smolina, a Russian tennis player
- 1994 – Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016
- 1995 – Nathan MacKinnon, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1996 – Zendaya, American actress and singer