1 September – Luxembourgh becomes the first country to completely switch to digital TV.
13 September – 25 year-old Kimveer Gill went on a shooting spree at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. One person, Anastasia Rebecca De Sousa, was killed while another 19 injured. Gill was a registered user of a Goth based website going under the screen name “fatality666”. His last login was recorded about two hours before the shootings. Kimveer Gill shot himself in the head when confronted by the police.
14 September – Singapore heroine Elizabeth “Gunner” Choy died from pancreatic cancer. During the Japanese invasion of Malaya in World War II, Choy served as a second lieutenant in the women’s auxiliary arm of the Singapore Volunteer Corps and also a volunteer nurse with the Medical Auxiliary Service. After the fall of Singapore in 1942, Choy and her husband Choy Khun Heng set up a canteen at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital and soon started a regular ambulance run for British civilian internees. The Choys helped prisoners-of-war interned in Changi Prison by passing to them cash and parcels containing fresh clothing, medicine and letters during their deliveries. They incurred further risk by sending in radio parts for hidden receivers. An informant had led the Japanese military police to the Choys who were subsequently imprisoned and tortured.
At the Japanese surrender in Singapore in September 1945, Elizabeth Choy was invited by Lady Mountbatten to witness the official ceremony, where she was escorted by the governor, Sir Shenton Thomas, and his wife, to whom she had sent medicine in Changi Prison.
Elizabeth Choy declined treatment for the advanced pancreatic cancer and died peacefully at home. She was 96.
19 September – Thailand comes under marshal law after the Royal Thai Army staged a coup d’état removing the Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
22 September – A Transrapid magnetic levitation (“maglev”) train collided with a maintenance vehicle near Lathen, Germany, killing 23 people while on a test run. It was the first ever fatal accident on a maglev train. Two staff members were found guilty on 23 counts of manslaughter and 11 counts of causing negligent injury.
29 September – A mid-air collision over the Amazon rainforest between Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907 and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet left all 154 onboard the Gol aircraft dead. The Legacy aircraft managed an emergency landing with the seven onboard uninjured. It was the deadliest Brazilian air disaster at the time. In their final report Brazilian and American investigators disagreed on the cause of the collision. While both agencies agree traffic control were largely responsible, the Brazilians also placed blame of the pilots of the Legacy.
September 2006 – Music, movies, books and TV
In music, although we had songs like I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters and SexyBack by Justine Timberlake, the song that made number one and stayed there was Sandi Thom’s I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker. It top the Australian charts on 3 September 2006 and remained there until the middle of November. In fact it was the number one single for the whole of 2006.
In September 2006 at the movies, although canned by the critics, Australians were queuing to see the horror flick, Silent Hill. The high school comedy, John Tucker Must Die did a lot better, topping the Australian Box Office chart, but the movie for the month was Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, a Will Farrell comedy.
In the month Australia celebrated 50 years of television, the country was also shocked by the death of “The Crocodile Hunter”, Steve Irwin. Conservationist and TV personality Irwin died on 4 September 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland.
September 2006 also saw the passing of Colin Thiele. The Australian author will always be remembered for his children’s fiction particularly Storm Boy and Blue Fin. Thiele also died on 4 September 2006.
The Bestsellers in September 2006 still included James Patterson’s Judge and Jury. Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen and The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer were also to top the list; while other readers were picking up Ricochet by Sandra Brown, Into the Storm by Suzanne Brockman and Hunters of Dune, the first of the final two novels to conclude Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Hunters of Dune was written by Frank Herbert’s son, Brian, and author Kevin J Anderson.