2002 ~ ARTHURS SEAT TOWER demolition started on the 10th September 2012. The Arthurs Seat lookout tower opened in 1934, on a 305m hill on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia. A proposed lookout tower to replace the historic tower is planned. The new tower will be used for fully enclosed gondola cars, along with traditional open chairlift seats for the views of Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula, under plans to build a new chairlift at Arthurs Seat, replacing the controversial original chairlift. See The Age news story.
2012 – World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on the 10th September every year, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. The theme for 2012 is “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope”. Make a difference today, and visit the World Suicide Prevention Day website www.WSPD.org.au ..and show your support for suicide prevention on Facebook.
1965 – Hurricane Betsy made its 2nd landfall on the 9th September 1965, near New Orleans, Louisiana, killing 76 people and leaving $1.42 billion (approximately $12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the 1st hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages.
1966 – Adam Sandler the American actor, singer, guitarist, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 9th September 1966.
1969 – Rachel Hunter the New Zealand model and actress was born on the 9th September 1969.
1972 – In Kentucky‘s Mammoth Cave National Park, a Cave Research Foundation exploration and mapping team discovered a link between the Mammoth and Flint Ridge cave systems on the 9th September 1972, making it the longest known cave passageway in the world.
1974 – Gok Wan the British-Chinese fashion consultant, author and television presenter was born on the 9th September 1974.
1974 – Shane Crawford the Australian footballer was born on the 9th September 1974.
1841 – Antonín Dvořák the Czech composer was born on the 8th day of September in 1841 (died 1904).
1900 ~ Tilly Devine the English-Australian prominent Sydney crime syndicate gangs member figure was born Matilda Devine on the 8th September 1900 (died 24th November 1970 aged 70). Tilly was involved in sly-grog, razor gangs and other activities, but most notable as a madam.
1921 – Harry Secombe the Welsh tenor and actor was born on the 8th day of September in 1921 (died 2001).
1925 ~ Peter Sellers the a British film actor, comedian and singer was born Richard Henry Sellers on the 8th September 1925 (died 24th July 1980). Peter Sellers appeared in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, was featured on hit comic songs and known around the world as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.
1930 – 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape on the 8th day of September in 1930.
1946 – Ronnie Burns the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 8th day of September in 1946.
2001 ~ Can’t Get You Out of My Head song by Kylie Minogue was released on the 8th September 2001, in Australia first, then in the UK on the 17th September 2001, and not until the 18th February 2002 in the United States. YouTube video: [HD] Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Blue Monday Mix Edit) official video…
1909 – Eugene Lefebvre crashed a new French-built Wright biplane during a test flight at Juvisy, south of Paris, on the 7th day of September in 1909. He became the 1st person in the world to die while piloting a powered airplane, and the 2nd person to be killed in a powered airplane crash.
1914 ~ Graeme Bell(AO, MBE) the AustralianDixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader was born Graeme Emerson Bellon the 7th September 1914 (died 13 June 2012 aged 97). Graeme Bell was the 1st Australian jazz band leader who was still playing at 90 years of age, and the 1st Westerner to lead a jazz band to China. The Australian Jazz Awards aka The Bells were named in Graeme Bell’s honour. YouTube video: Graeme Bell & His Australian Jazz Band (in the 1950s) performing Black and Tan Fantasy (1927) a jazz composition by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley. This performance also features “Lazy” Ade Monsborough and other Aussie jazz greats…
1917 – Jacob Lawrence the American painter was born on the 7th September 1917 (died 2000).
1936 – The last surviving member of the thylacine species, a Tasmanian Tiger, died alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, on the 7th day of September in 1936. National Threatened Species Day is now held on the 7th of September each year to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger.
1936 ~ Buddy Holly the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 7th September 1936 (died 3 February 1959 aged 22).
1929 – Bob Newhart the American actor and comedian was born on the 5th September 1929.
1939 – George Lazenby the Australian actor was born on the 5th September 1939.
1940 – Raquel Welch the American actress was born on the 5th September 1940.
1942 – Werner Herzog the German director was born on the 5th September 1942.
1946 – Freddie Mercury the British singer-songwriter from Queen was born on the 5th September 1946 (died 1991).
1950 – Cathy Guisewite the American cartoonist was born on the 5th September 1950.
1951 – Michael Keaton the American actor was born on the 5th September 1951.
1960 – Muhammad Ali the boxer, originally known as Cassius Clay, was awarded the gold medal for his 1st place in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, on the 5th day of September in 1960.
1976 ~ Samantha Armytage the Australian journalist and television news presenter was born on the 4th September 1976 (not 1977 as suggested by Wikipedia, but as quoted by Samantha Armytage on Sunrise TV on the 19/8/13). Samantha Armytage became the co-host of Sunrise in 2013 alongside David Koch, when it was announced in June 2013 that she was the replacement for Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle.
1981 – Beyoncé Knowles the African-American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress was born on the 4th September 1981. Beyoncé began her music career aged 16 sixteen as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child.
1973 – J.D. Fortune the Canadian singer-songwriter from INXS was born on the 1st September 1973.
1974 – The SR-71 Blackbird set the record for flying from New York to London on the 1st September 1974, in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h), and still holds the record to this day (2013).
2005 ~ RANDOM ACTS OF KiNDNESS DAY aka RAK, began at a national level on the 1st September 2005, in New Zealand. RAK has since been increasingly celebrated around the world in order to encourage acts of kindness. Josh de Jong is the original founder of Random Acts of Kindness Day. It is a day where people are challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.