What Happened in September 1978

Historical Events

  • 1st Indians' Sammy Stewart tosses 7 consecutive strikeouts (vs Balt)
  • 1st Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV
  • 1st Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • 1st #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064
  • 2nd Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
  • 2nd John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston

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2nd Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 3rd Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • 3rd Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
  • 3rd Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff

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4th Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 4th NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season)
  • 4th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 5th Sadat, Begin & Carter began peace conference at Camp David, Md
  • 6th Begin & Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
  • 6th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 7th 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3
  • 8th 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

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8th Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 9th 3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0
  • 9th Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • 9th Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Irani army
  • 9th Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 98th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert beats Pam Shriver (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 10th "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • 10th Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")
  • 10th Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 10th 4th game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9

Sport awardTennis Open

10th 98th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (6-4, 6-2, 6-2) to become the 1st player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

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12th Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 12th Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
  • 13th 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • 13th NY Yanks win to gain sole possession of 1st place from 14 games back
  • 14th Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
  • 14th Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • 14th The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • 15th Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

15th Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • 15th Yanks beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yanks lead 2½ games
  • 16th 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • 16th Filming on Monty Python's Life of Brian, begins
  • 16th Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • 16th Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2
  • 17th 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • 17th Begin, Sadat & Carter sign Camp David accord
  • 17th Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • 17th Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3
  • 18th All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • 20th "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances
  • 20th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 20th Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • 21st The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes aree destroyed
  • 21st 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award

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22nd Israeli PM Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 23rd 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Sadat home from Camp David summit
  • 24th Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic
  • 24th Dutch women hockey team wins world championship
  • 24th Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
  • 24th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 25th PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • 26th RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
  • 26th NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • 27th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 27th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 28th Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • 28th Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
  • 28th Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Music releaseAlbum Release

28th Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 29th "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • 29th "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • 30th Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • 30th Phillies clinch NL East title
  • 30th Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
  • 1st Lucie Blackman, English murder victim (d. 2000)
  • 3rd John Curtis, English footballer
  • 3rd Paul Moor, English ten-pin bowler
  • 3rd Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player
  • 3rd Nick Wechsler, American actor
  • 3rd Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist/musician (Windir) (d. 2004)
  • 4th Christian Walz, svensk soulartist.
  • 4th Wes Bentley, American actor
  • 5th Laura Bertram, Canadian actress
  • 5th Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 5th Zhang Zhong, Chinese chess player
  • 5th Sylvester Joseph, West Indian cricketer
  • 6th Natalia Cigliuti, NY, actress (Lindsay-Saved By Bell: New Class)
  • 6th Cisco Adler, American singer
  • 6th Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 6th Mathew Horne, English Actor
  • 6th Tony Thaxton, drummer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 7th G[eneral] A[ustin], Columbus Ga, rapper (Another Bad Creation)
  • 7th Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer
  • 8th Marco Sturm, Dingolfing GER, NHL forward (Sharks, Team Germany 1998)
  • 8th Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer
  • 8th Gil Meche, American baseball player
  • 9th Jhane Landwier, Miss Bonaire Universe (1997)
  • 9th Kurt Ainsworth, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 9th Shane Battier, American basketball player
  • 9th Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player
  • 11th Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • 11th Ed Reed, American football player
  • 11th Ben Lee, Australian musician and singer
  • 12th Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and actress
  • 12th Benjamin McKenzie, American actor
  • 12th Michael Paget, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • 12th Ruben Studdard, American singer
  • 13th Megan Henning, American actress
  • 13th Darren Kenton, English footballer
  • 14th Carmen Kass, Estonian model
  • 14th Danielle Peck, country music singer
  • 14th Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer
  • 15th Amanda Rochelle Penix, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1997)
  • 15th Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • 16th Dan Dickau, American basketball player
  • 16th Matthew Rogers, American singer
  • 17th Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 18th Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997)
  • 18th Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 18th Pilar López de Ayala, Spanish actress
  • 19th Michelle Alves, Brazilian supermodel
  • 19th Nick Johnson, baseball player
  • 19th Nigel Mitchell, Quizmania and Capital Disney presenter
  • 19th Jorge López Montaña, Spanish footballer
  • 20th Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 20th Patrizio Buanne, Italian singer
  • 20th Sarit Hadad, Israeli singer
  • 20th T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • 20th Dante Hall, American football player
  • 21st Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 22nd Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer
  • 22nd Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player
  • 23rd Worm Miller, American filmmaker
  • 23rd Keri Lynn Pratt, American actress
  • 24th Tarek Saab, American TV show contestant
  • 24th Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer
  • 25th Laura Nicholls, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 25th Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer
  • 25th Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer
  • 25th Jodie Kidd, English model
  • 25th Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 26th Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 27th Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down)
  • 27th Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • 28th Marzena Godecki, actress (Ocean Girl)
  • 28th Nestaea Sealy, Miss Bahamas Universe (1997)
  • 28th Bushido, German rapper
  • 29th Mandy Groff, Miss Nebraska Teen USA (1996)
  • 29th Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 29th Gunner McGrath, American guitarist (Much the Same)
  • 29th Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer
  • 30th Candice Michelle, American female wrestler

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

2nd George Harrison marries Olivia

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 2nd Gloria Fajardo (21) marries Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)

HeartWedding of Interest

2nd Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

30th Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • 5th Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • 6th Jan Berger, Dutch politician, dies at 59
  • 6th Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

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7th Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 8th Pancho Vladigerov, composer, dies at 79
  • 9th Jack L Warner, US movie production (Warner Bros), dies at 86)
  • 9th Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • 10th Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • 11th Mike Gazella, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • 11th Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • 11th Janet Parker, medical photographer (b. c. 1938)
  • 11th Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 12th Frank Ferguson, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), dies at 69
  • 15th Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • 15th Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 19th Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • 19th Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian (b. 1884)
  • 22nd Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • 23rd Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • 23rd Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • 24th Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • 25th Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • 26th Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • 28th Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciani], 263rd Roman Catholic Pope, dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • 30th Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75