Engineer's Day in India (The Engineering Community across India is celebrating Engineers Day on 15 September every year as a remarkable tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (popularly known as Sir MV). He is held in high regard as a pre-eminent engineer of India. "Role of Engineers in a developing India" is the theme of Engineers Day 2017)
2001 – President George W. Bush gives his first post September 11th weekly address.
1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
1978 – Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win the world heavyweight title three times at the Superdome in New Orleans.
1971 – The first Greenpeace ship sets sail to protest against nuclear testing on Amchitka Island.
1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.
1963 – 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed in the bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.
1959 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
1950 – Korean War: United States forces land at Inchon
1944 – Battle of Peleliu begins as the United States Marine Corps' 1st Marine Division and the United States Army's 81st Infantry Division hit White and Orange beaches under heavy fire from Japanese infantry and artillery.
1916 – World War I: Tanks are used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.
1894 – First Sino-Japanese War: Japan defeats Qing dynasty China in the Battle of Pyongyang.
1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces capture Harpers Ferry, Virginia (present-day Harpers Ferry, West Virginia)
1851 – Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia.
1830 – The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opens; British MP William Huskisson becomes the first widely reported railway passenger fatality when he is struck and killed by the locomotive Rocket.
1794 – French Revolutionary Wars: Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) sees his first combat at the Battle of Boxtel during the Flanders Campaign.
1789 – The United States "Department of Foreign Affairs", established by law in July, is renamed the Department of State and given a variety of domestic duties.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign.
1616 – The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy.
1987 – Rhett Titus, American wrestler. While performing for ROH, he has won the World Tag Team Championship once with partner Kenny King as The All Night Express, as well as winning the now-defunct Top of the Class Trophy once.
1986 – George Watsky, American hip-hop artist, poet and author. George Virden Watsky (born September 15, 1986), better known mononymously as Watsky, is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, poet, and author.
1986 – Jenna Marbles, American YouTuber and comedian. Marbles is the first social media star to have a wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York City.
1984 – Cyhi the Prynce, American rapper and producer. Cydel Charles Young (born September 15, 1984), better known by his stage name CyHi da Prynce, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Stone Mountain, Georgia.
1983 – Luke Hochevar, American baseball player. He played college baseball at the University of Tennessee, and played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals.
1980 – David Diehl, American football player and sportscaster. David Diehl (/ˈdiːl/; born September 15, 1980) is a former American football offensive lineman who played his entire career with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).
1980 – Mike Dunleavy Jr., American basketball player. Michael Joseph Dunleavy Jr. (born September 15, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who is the Assistant General Manager for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1979 – Dave Annable, American actor. His roles include Justin Walker on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters (2006–11), Henry Martin on the ABC supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue (2012–13), and Pierce Harrison on the NBC medical drama Heartbeat (2016).
1978 – Zach Filkins, American guitarist. He is a guitarist for the pop rock band OneRepublic.
1977 – Jason Terry, American basketball player. Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1977 – Leander Jordan, American football player. Leander Jordan (born September 15, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football offensive tackle.
1976 – Matt Thornton, American baseball player, was a signer of the US Declaration of Independence.
1975 – Tom Dolan, American swimmer. Thomas Fitzgerald Dolan (born September 15, 1975) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
1972 – Lady Victoria, American wrestler. Victoria Ann Moreno (born September 15, 1972), better known by her ring name Lady Victoria, is an American professional wrestler/luchadora, manager/valet, and actress.
1971 – Josh Charles, American actor and director. He is best known for the roles of Dan Rydell on Sports Night; Will Gardner on The Good Wife, which earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations; and his early work as Knox Overstreet in Dead Poets Society.
1969 – Allen Shellenberger, American drummer (d. 2009), was an American drummer who played in the band Lit.
1969 – Corby Davidson, American radio personality. Corby Davidson, (born Corbett Davidson on September 15, 1969) is an American radio personality.
1967 – Paul Abbott, American baseball player and coach. Paul Abbott (born 22 February 1960) is an English television screenwriter and producer.
1966 – Sherman Douglas, American basketball player. Sherman Douglas (born September 15, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player from Syracuse University who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers from 1989 to 2001.
1964 – Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, American guitarist and songwriter. Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (born Paul Caiafa on September 15, 1964) is an American guitarist best known for his material with the horror punk band the Misfits and his own band eponymously named Doyle.
1963 – Pete Myers, American basketball player and coach. Peter Eddie Myers (born September 15, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player, and a former assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls.
1961 – Dan Marino, American football player and sportscaster, was a quarterback for seventeen seasons with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college career at Pittsburgh and being named First-team All-American in 1981, Marino was the last quarterback taken in the first round of the quarterback class of 1983.
1960 – Ed Solomon, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Edward James Solomon (born September 15, 1960) is an American writer, producer and director.
1959 – Mark Kirk, American commander, lawyer, and politician, was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2010 to 2017. A Republican, Kirk was previously a member of the U.S.
1958 – Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (d. 2005), was an American actress, known for her performances in the films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Bachelor Party (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) and as well as the television sitcoms Bosom Buddies (1980–1982) and Private Benjamin (1982–1983).
1956 – Ned Rothenberg, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer. Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 1956) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer.
1955 – Bruce Reitherman, American voice actor, singer, cinematographer, and producer. Bruce Reitherman (born September 15, 1955) is an American filmmaker and former child actor.
1955 – Renzo Rosso, Italian fashion designer and businessman, co-founded Diesel Clothing. Renzo Rosso (born September 15, 1955) is an Italian fashion entrepreneur.
1954 – Adrian Adonis, American wrestler (d. 1988), was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Adrian Adonis. He was best known for his appearances with the American Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1980s.
1952 – Kelly Keagy, American singer and drummer. Kelly Dean Keagy (born September 15, 1952) is an American drummer and vocalist, best known for his work with Night Ranger.
1951 – Pete Carroll, American football player and coach. Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951) is an American football coach who is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).
1949 – Joe Barton, American lawyer and politician. Joe Linus Barton (born September 15, 1949) is a Republican politician who represented Texas's 6th congressional district in the U.S.
1947 – Diane E. Levin, American educator and author. Diane Elizabeth Levin (born September 15, 1947) is an American author, educator, and advocate known for her work in media literacy and media effects on children.
1947 – Theodore Long, American wrestling referee and manager. Theodore Robert Rufus Long (born September 15, 1947) is an American retired professional wrestling personality who made appearances for WWE, having served as a manager, referee and authority figure, best known for his tenure with WWE.
1946 – Howard Waldrop, American author and critic. Howard Waldrop (born September 15, 1946, in Houston, Mississippi) is a science fiction author who works primarily in short fiction.
1946 – Oliver Stone, American director, screenwriter, and producer. William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American filmmaker, director, writer, and has been called a conspiracy theorist.
1946 – Tommy Lee Jones, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.
1945 – Jessye Norman, American soprano, was an American opera singer and recitalist. A dramatic soprano, Norman sang a broad repertoire and avoided being limited to one kind of fach.
1945 – Ron Shelton, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Ronald Wayne Shelton (born September 15, 1945) is an American film director and screenwriter and former minor league baseball infielder.
1942 – Lee Dorman, American bass player (d. 2012), was an American bass guitarist best known as a member of the rock band Iron Butterfly. He also played in the band Captain Beyond.
1941 – Signe Toly Anderson, American rock singer (d. 2016), was an American singer who was one of the founding members of the American rock band Jefferson Airplane.
1940 – Merlin Olsen, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2010), was an American football player, announcer, and actor. He played his entire 15-year professional football career in National Football League (NFL) as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams.
1938 – Gaylord Perry, American baseball player and coach. During a 22-year baseball career, Perry compiled 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts, and a 3.11 earned run average.
1937 – King Curtis Iaukea, American wrestler (d. 2010), was an American professional wrestler better known as King Curtis Iaukea. Iaukea won championships in several of the major regional U.S. promotions, both as a single and in various tag team combinations, during the 1960s.
1937 – Robert Lucas Jr., American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Robert Emerson Lucas Jr. (born September 15, 1937) is an American economist at the University of Chicago, where he is currently the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics and the College.
1934 – Tomie dePaola, American author and illustrator. Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola /ˈtɒmi dəˈpaʊlə/ (born September 15, 1934) is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona.
1929 – Dick Latessa, American actor (d. 2016), was an American stage, film, and television actor.
1929 – Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, was an American physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the theory of elementary particles. He was the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, a distinguished fellow and one of the co-founders of the Santa Fe Institute, a professor of physics at the University of New Mexico, and the Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine at the University of Southern California.
1929 – Wilbur Snyder, American football player and wrestler (d. 1991), was an American football player and professional wrestler.
1928 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1975), was an American jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.
1927 – Norm Crosby, American comedian and actor. Norman Lawrence Crosby (born September 15, 1927) is an American comedian sometimes associated with the Borscht Belt who often appeared on television in the 1970s.
1924 – Bobby Short, American singer and pianist (d. 2005), was an American cabaret singer and pianist, best known for his interpretations of songs by popular composers of the first half of the 20th century such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard A. Whiting, Vernon Duke, Noël Coward and George and Ira Gershwin.
1922 – Jackie Cooper, American actor (d. 2011), was an American actor, television director, producer, and executive. He was a child actor who made the transition to an adult career.
1921 – Gene Roland, American pianist and composer (d. 1982). Roland (September 15, 1921 in Dallas – August 11, 1982 in New York City) was an American jazz composer and musician.
1919 – Nelson Gidding, American author and screenwriter (d. 2004), was an American screenwriter specializing in adaptations. A longtime collaboration with director Robert Wise began with Gidding's screenplay for I Want to Live! (1958), which earned him an Oscar nomination.
1918 – Alfred D. Chandler Jr., American historian and academic (d. 2007), was a professor of business history at Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University, who wrote extensively about the scale and the management structures of modern corporations. His works redefined business and economic history of industrialization.
1918 – Nipsey Russell, American comedian and actor (d. 2005), was an American comedian, poet, and dancer best known for his appearances as a panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, including Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and Pyramid. His appearances were often distinguished by short, humorous poems he recited during the broadcast, which led to his nickname "the poet laureate of television".
1916 – Frederick C. Weyand, American general (d. 2010), was a general in the United States Army. Weyand was the last commander of United States military operations in the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1973, and served as the 28th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1974 to 1976.
1915 – Albert Whitlock, English-American special effects designer (d. 1999). Whitlock (September 15, 1915 – October 26, 1999) was a British-born motion picture matte artist best known for his work with Disney and Universal Studios.
1915 – Fawn M. Brodie, American historian and author (d. 1981), was an American biographer and one of the first female professors of history at UCLA, who is best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974), a work of psychobiography, and No Man Knows My History (1945), an early and still influential biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
1914 – Creighton Abrams, American general (d. 1974), was a United States Army general who commanded military operations in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972, which saw United States troop strength in South Vietnam reduced from a peak of 543,000 to 49,000. He was then Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1972 until his death.
1914 – Robert McCloskey, American author and illustrator (d. 2003), was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. He wrote and also illustrated nine picture books, and won two Caldecott Medals from the American Library Association for the year's best-illustrated picture book.
1913 – Henry Brant, Canadian-American composer and conductor (d. 2008), was a Canadian-born American composer. An expert orchestrator with a flair for experimentation, many of Brant's works featured spatialization techniques.
1913 – John N. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 67th United States Attorney General (d. 1988), was the 67th Attorney General of the United States (1969–1972) under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he had been a municipal bond lawyer, chairman of Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign, and one of Nixon's closest personal friends.
1911 – Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-American businessman, founded PING (d. 2000), was an American golf club designer and businessman. He founded Karsten Manufacturing, a golf club maker better known by the name of PING, and the Solheim Cup, the premier international team competition in women's golf.
1911 – Luther Terry, American physician and academic, 9th Surgeon General of the United States (d. 1985), was an American physician and public health official. He was appointed the ninth Surgeon General of the United States from 1961 to 1965, and is best known for his warnings against the dangers and the impact of tobacco use on health.
1909 – Phil Arnold, American actor (d. 1968), was an American screen, stage, television, and vaudeville actor. He appeared in approximately 150 films and television shows between 1939 and 1968.
1908 – Kid Sheik, American trumpet player (d. 1996), was a New Orleans jazz trumpeter. He is most associated with Dixieland jazz and was a long-term performer with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
1908 – Penny Singleton, American actress and singer (d. 2003), was an American actress and labor leader. During her 60-year career, Singleton appeared as the comic-strip heroine Blondie Bumstead in a series of 28 motion pictures from 1938 until 1950 and the popular Blondie radio program from 1939 until 1950.
1907 – Fay Wray, Canadian-American actress (d. 2004), was an American actress most noted for starring as Ann Darrow in the 1933 film King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned nearly six decades, Wray attained international recognition as an actress in horror films.
1906 – Walter E. Rollins, American songwriter (d. 1973), was an American musician of Keyser, West Virginia. Along with Steve Nelson, he co-wrote "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," used in the Easter special of the same name, in 1949, and "Frosty the Snowman" in 1950.
1904 – Sheilah Graham Westbrook, English-American actress, journalist, and author (d. 1988), was a British-born, nationally syndicated American gossip columnist during Hollywood's "Golden Age". Along with Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, Graham came to wield sufficient power to make or break Hollywood careers—prompting her to describe herself as "the last of the unholy trio."
1903 – Roy Acuff, American singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 1992), was an American country music singer, fiddler, promoter, and freemason. Known as the "King of Country Music", Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful.
1897 – Merle Curti, American historian and author (d. 1997), was a leading American historian, who taught many graduate students at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin, and was a leader in developing the fields of social history and intellectual history. He directed 86 finished Ph.D. dissertations and had an unusually wide range of correspondents.
1894 – Chic Harley, American football player (d. 1974), was one of the outstanding American football players of the first half of the 20th century and the player who first brought Ohio State University's football program to national attention. Harley was Ohio State's first consensus first-team All-America selection and first three-time All-America selection.
1889 – Claude McKay, Jamaican-American poet and author (d. 1948), was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem which remained unpublished until 2017.
1889 – Robert Benchley, American humorist, newspaper columnist, and actor (d. 1945), was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at The Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from his peers at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.
1881 – Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French businessman, founded Bugatti (d. 1947), was an Italian-born automobile designer and manufacturer. He is remembered as the founder and proprietor of the automobile manufacturing company Automobiles E.
1877 – Yente Serdatzky, Lithuanian-American author and playwright (d. 1962), was a Russian-born American Yiddish-language writer of short fiction and plays, active in New York City.
1876 – Bruno Walter, German-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1962), was a German-born conductor, pianist and composer. Born in Berlin, he left Germany in 1933 to escape the Third Reich, was naturalized as a French citizen in 1938, and settled in the United States in 1939.
1863 – Horatio Parker, American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1919), was an American composer, organist and teacher. He was a central figure in musical life in New Haven, Connecticut in the late 19th century, and is best remembered as the undergraduate teacher of Charles Ives while the composer attended Yale University.
1857 – Anna Winlock, American astronomer and academic (d. 1904), was an American astronomer and human computer, one of the first members of female computer group known as "the Harvard Computers." She made the most complete catalog of stars near the north and south poles of her era. She is also remembered for her calculations and studies of asteroids.
1857 – William Howard Taft, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 27th President of the United States (d. 1930), was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate.
1852 – Edward Bouchet, American physicist and educator (d. 1918), was an African American physicist and educator and was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from any American university, completing his dissertation in physics at Yale in 1876. On the basis of his academic record he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
1852 – Jan Ernst Matzeliger, Surinamese-American inventor (d. 1889), was an inventor whose lasting machine brought significant change to the manufacturing of shoes.
1846 – George Franklin Grant, African-American educator, dentist, and inventor (d. 1910), was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee.
1789 – James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist, short story writer, and historian (d. 1851), was an American writer of the first half of the 19th century. His historical romances depicting frontier and Native American life from the 17th to the 19th centuries created a unique form of American literature.
2014 – Eugene I. Gordon, American physicist and engineer (b. 1930)
2013 – Gerard Cafesjian, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1925)
2013 – Jerry G. Bishop, American radio and television host (b. 1936)
2011 – Frances Bay, Canadian-American actress (b. 1919)
2007 – Brett Somers, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1924)
2006 – Pablo Santos, Mexican-American actor (b. 1987)
2005 – Sidney Luft, American manager and producer (b. 1915)
2004 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1948)
2003 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist and author (b. 1930)
1997 – Bulldog Brower, American wrestler (b. 1933)
1991 – John Hoyt, American actor (b. 1904)
1989 – Jan DeGaetani, American soprano (b. 1933)
1989 – Olga Erteszek, Polish-American fashion designer (b. 1916)
1989 – Robert Penn Warren, American novelist, poet, and literary critic (b. 1905)
1985 – Cootie Williams, American trumpet player (b. 1910)
1980 – Bill Evans, American pianist and composer (b. 1929)
1978 – Willy Messerschmitt, German engineer and academic, designed the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (b. 1898)
1965 – Steve Brown, American bassist (b. 1890)
1945 – Linnie Marsh Wolfe, American librarian and author (b. 1881)
1940 – William B. Bankhead, American lawyer and politician, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1874)
1938 – Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (b. 1900)
1930 – Milton Sills, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1882)
1859 – Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English architect and engineer, designed the Great Western Railway (b. 1806)
1842 – Francisco Morazán, Guatemalan general, lawyer, and politician, President of Central American Federation (b. 1792)
1794 – Abraham Clark, American police officer and politician (b. 1725)