On This Day: What happened on 01 September?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On This Day: What happened on 01 September?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 01 September, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1853 | First postage stamp in Africa was issued in the Cape Colony

1976 | Langa, Nyanga, and Gugulethu students marched through the Cape Town CBD

2004 | Beslan school was besieged by armed terrorists, they took hostage school children and school staff in North Ossetia, Russia; three days later more than 385 people died (including hostages, other civilians, security forces, and terrorists).

1983 | Cold War: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet fighter jet when the commercial airliner entered Soviet airspace and all 269 people on board died, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald.

1980 | Major General Chun Doo-hwan became President of South Korea, following the resignation of Choi Kyu-hah.

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1952 | Former premier of Mpumalanga, Afrikaans poet and lawyer, Mathews Phosa. 

1973 | Canadian singer-songwriter, J.D. Fortune.

1990 | Czech footballer, Stanislav Tecl.

1945 | American author and academic, Scott Spencer.

1975 | American singer-songwriter and activist, Nomy Lamm.


1986 | American actor,  Murray Hamilton, 63.

2012 | Haitian businessman and politician, sixth Prime Minister of Haiti, Smarck Michel, 75.

1982 | American mathematician and academic, Haskell Curry, 82.

2013 | English commander and pilot, Ken Wallis, 97.

1998 | Polish poet and author, Józef Krupiſski, 68.


2001 | Michael Owen scored a hat-trick on this day as England beat Germany 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Munich.


2013 | Prime Circle’s album “Hello Crazy World- 10th Anniversary Special” was released on this day.


Mory Kanté’s “Yéké Yéké” was the first African single to sell over a million copies. It was recorded in 1987.