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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of September 21


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Birthdays
  • 1051 - Bertha of Savoy, German queen and Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1087)
  • 1629 - Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1694)
  • 1706 - Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg, queen of Sardinia (d. 1735)
  • 1849 - Maurice Barrymore, Indian-born patriarch of the Barrymore family (d. 1905)
  • 1862 - James E. Talmage, LDS apostle and author (d. 1933)
  • 1863 - John Bunny, American film comedian (d. 1915)
  • 1866 - H. G. Wells, English writer (d. 1946)
  • 1866 - Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist
  • 1873 - Papa Jack Laine, American musician (d. 1966)
  • 1874 - Gustav Holst, English composer (d. 1934)
  • 1895 - Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (d. 1925)
  • 1902 - Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1906 - Henry Beachell, American plant breeder (d. 2006)
  • 1912 - Chuck Jones, American animator (d. 2002)
  • 1912 - György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1926 - Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • 1929 - Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1931 - Larry Hagman, American actor
  • 1933 - Dick Simon, American racing driver
  • 1934 - Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1935 - Henry Gibson, American actor
  • 1936 - Diane Rehm, American radio talk show host for National Public Radio
  • 1936 - Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter
  • 1941 - R. James Woolsey, Jr.
  • 1941 - Jack Brisco, American professional wrestler
  • 1944 - Fannie Flagg, American actress and novelist
  • 1945 - Jerry Bruckheimer, American film and television producer
  • 1945 - Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • 1946 - Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1947 - Stephen King, American author
  • 1947 - Marsha Norman, American playwright
  • 1947 - Don Felder, American guitarist (Eagles)
  • 1949 - Artis Gilmore, American basketball player
  • 1950 - Bill Murray, American actor
  • 1953 - Arie Luyendyk, Dutch race car driver
  • 1954 - Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, British musician (Motörhead)
  • 1955 - Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • 1955 - Richard Hieb, American astronaut
  • 1956 - Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • 1956 - Marta Kauffman, American television producer
  • 1956 - Ricky Morton, American professional wrestler
  • 1957 - Ethan Coen, American film director
  • 1957 - Sidney Moncrief, American basketball player
  • 1957 - Penny Smith, English television presenter
  • 1958 - Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
  • 1959 - Dave Coulier, American actor
  • 1959 - Danny Cox, American baseball player
  • 1959 - Corinne Drewery, British singer (Swing Out Sister)
  • 1960 - David James Elliott, Canadian actor
  • 1961 - Nancy Travis, American actress
  • 1962 - Rob Morrow, American actor
  • 1963 - Curtly Ambrose, Antiguan West Indies cricketer
  • 1963 - Cecil Fielder, American baseball player
  • 1963 - Angus Macfadyen, Scottish actor
  • 1964 - Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan singer and composer
  • 1965 - Cheryl Hines, American actress
  • 1965 - David Wenham, Australian actor
  • 1967 - Faith Hill, American singer
  • 1967 - Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)
  • 1968 - Ricki Lake, American actress and talk show hostess
  • 1969 - Jason Christiansen, American baseball player
  • 1970 - John Cudia, American actor
  • 1970 - Bridget Moynahan, American model and actress
  • 1971 - John Crawley, English cricketer
  • 1971 - Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor
  • 1971 - Luke Wilson, American actor
  • 1972 - Liam Gallagher, English singer (Oasis)
  • 1972 - Scott Spiezio, American baseball player
  • 1972 - Jon Kitna, American football player
  • 1972 - David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn)
  • 1973 - Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 - Taral Hicks, American musician
  • 1974 - Jana Kandarr, German tennis player
  • 1974 - Andy Todd, English footballer
  • 1975 - Doug Davis, American baseball player
  • 1976 - Jonas Bjerre, Danish singer and guitarist (Mew)
  • 1976 - Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • 1977 - Brian Tallet, American baseball player
  • 1978 - Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1979 - Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
  • 1979 - Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer
  • 1979 - Julian Gray, English footballer
  • 1979 - Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • 1980 - Robert Hoffman, American actor
  • 1980 - Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress
  • 1980 - Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980 - Aleksa Palladino, American actress
  • 1980 - Autumn Reeser, American actress
  • 1980 - Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • 1981 - Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • 1981 - Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • 1981 - Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • 1982 - Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1982 - Danny Kass, American snowboarder
  • 1982 - Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
  • 1982 - Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • 1983 - Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1983 - Maggie Grace, American actress
  • 1983 - Joseph Mazzello, American actor
  • 1983 - Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • 1984 - Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • 1985 - Maryam Hassouni, Dutch actor
  • 1986 - Faris Rotter, English vocalist (The Horrors)
  • 1987 - Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • 1987 - Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987 - Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • 1988 - Jason Derulo, American Pop singer and actor
  • 1989 - Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, American skateboarder
  • 1990 - Allison Scagliotti, American actress
  • 1990 - Christian Serratos, American actress
  • 1991 - Jordan Hasay, American track and field athlete
  • 1998 - Brino quadruplets, American actor/actresses


Deaths
  • 1542 - Juan Boscán Almogáver, Spanish poet
  • 1626 - François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières
  • 1719 - Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (b. 1647)
  • 1832 - Sir Walter Scott, Scottish writer (b. 1771)
  • 1906 - Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator (b. 1838)
  • 1938 - Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic Croatian writer, (b. 1874)
  • 1939 - Armand Călinescu Romanian prime-minister, (assassinated)
  • 1946 - Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1871)
  • 1963 - Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1971 - Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist
  • 1972 - Henry de Montherlant, French writer (b. 1896)
  • 1974 - Walter Brennan, American actor (b. 1894)
  • 1974 - Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (b. 1918)
  • 1985 - Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1987 - Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (b. 1951)
  • 1997 - Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1998 - Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • 2004 - Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2006 - Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 - Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 - Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2007 - Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (b. 1919)

Events
  • 1217 - The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights.
  • 1745 - Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope is defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart
  • 1765 - Antoine de Beauterne announces he had killed the Beast of Gévaudan, but was later proved wrong by more attacks.
  • 1780 - American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
  • 1792 - The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy.
  • 1827 - Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Smith has translated into The Book of Mormon.
  • 1860 - In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao.
  • 1896 - British force under Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan.
  • 1897 - The "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" is published in the New York Sun.
  • 1898 - Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days' Reform in China.
  • 1921 - A storage silo in Oppau, Germany, explodes, killing 500—600 people.
  • 1934 - A large typhoon hits western Honshū, Japan, killing 3,036 people.
  • 1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published.
  • 1938 - The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
  • 1939 - Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu is assassinated by ultranationalist members of the Iron Guard.
  • 1942 - On Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1.000 Jews of Pidhaytsi (west Ukraine) to Belzec extermination camp.
  • 1942 - On the end of Yom Kippur, the Germans ordered Konstantynów Jews (Poland) to permanently evacuate Konstantynów and move to the Ghetto
  • 1942 - In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murder 2588 Jews.
  • 1942 - The B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.
  • 1950 - George Marshall sworn in as the 3rd Secretary of Defense of United States.
  • 1961 - Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • 1964 - Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1964 - The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world's first Mach 3 bomber, made its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
  • 1965 - Singapore admitted as a part of the United Nations.
  • 1970 - New York Times starts first modern op-ed page.
  • 1972 - Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signs Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under martial law.
  • 1976 - Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
  • 1979 - Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over the UK. Both pilots ejected safely. One of the jets broke up in midair and fell harmlessly into a field but the other dropped onto the centre of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, destroying two houses and a bungalow. Several people were injured in the accident and three people were killed.
  • 1980 - Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • 1981 - Belize is granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female supreme court justice.
  • 1986 - Kerry GAA beat Tyrone GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 2-15 to 1-10 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • 1989 - Hurricane Hugo makes landfall in the U.S. state of South Carolina.
  • 1991 - Armenia is granted independence from Soviet Union.
  • 1993 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993.
  • 1995 - The Hindu milk miracle occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths.
  • 1999 - Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
  • 2001 - Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • 2001 - AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
  • 2001 - University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee
  • 2003 - Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.
  • 2004 - The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • 2004 - Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.
  • 2008 - Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.
  • 2008 - President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25.
  • 2008 - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.
  • 2008 - Final baseball game played at Yankee Stadium.


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