What Happened in September 1979

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • Sep 1 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
  • Sep 1 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings
  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 2 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara
  • Sep 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquerors Mahabad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquerors Baneh
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)
  • Sep 5 Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale
  • Sep 5 Earl Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • Sep 5 Iranian army occupies Piranshahr

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Chris Evert (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • Sep 12 Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie
  • Sep 12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Sep 13 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)
  • Sep 16 Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 16 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • Sep 16 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • Sep 17 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Sep 20 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
  • Sep 20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Sep 20 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • Sep 20 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Sep 20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • Sep 20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • Sep 21 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots ejected safely, but three people were killed and several people injured when one of the aircraft destroyed two houses and a bungalow.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sep 22 Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • Sep 23 Somali constitution approved by president
  • Sep 23 St Louis legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career
  • Sep 24 CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service
  • Sep 24 Ghana adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapse on Hollywood Universal Ampitheater

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Sep 29 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • Sep 29 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • Sep 29 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • Sep 29 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • Sep 29 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • Sep 29 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • Sep 29 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • Sep 29 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
  • Sep 29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • Sep 29 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong
  • Sep 29 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival
  • Sep 29 LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • Sep 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • Sep 2 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 2 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • Sep 3 Tomo Miličević, Croatian-born American musician (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • Sep 4 Suzan Dandeneau, Miss Idaho Teen USA (1996)
  • Sep 4 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese composer
  • Sep 4 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver
  • Sep 4 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Sep 4 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress
  • Sep 5 John Carew, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 5 Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster
  • Sep 5 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer
  • Sep 6 Massimo Maccarone, Italian footballer
  • Sep 6 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican footballer
  • Sep 6 Foxy Brown, American rapper
  • Sep 6 Brandon Silvestry, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 7 Pavol Hochschorner and Peter Hochschorner - Slovak slalom canoers
  • Sep 7 Brian Stokes, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 8 Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], American singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Singer Pink
  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor and singer
  • Sep 11 Ariana Richards, Healdsburg CA, actress (Spaced Invaders, Prancer)
  • Sep 11 Nathan Gale, American murderer (d. 2004)
  • Sep 11 Frank Francisco, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sep 11 Steve Hofstetter, comedian & radio personality
  • Sep 11 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer
  • Sep 13 Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic)
  • Sep 13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • Sep 14 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman/Athlete (d. 2007)
  • Sep 15 Dave Annable, American actor
  • Sep 15 Amy Davidson, American actress
  • Sep 15 Carlos Ruiz, Guatemalan soccer player
  • Sep 15 Patrick Marleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 16 Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • Sep 17 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • Sep 17 Chuck Comeau, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • Sep 17 Billy Miller, actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 18 Alison Lohman, American actress
  • Sep 18 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer
  • Sep 19 Dannielle Brent, British actress
  • Sep 19 Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel and actress
  • Sep 20 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
  • Sep 21 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer
  • Sep 21 Julian Gray, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • Sep 22 Emilie Autumn, American singer, violinist, and harpsichordist
  • Sep 22 Michael Graziadei, American actor
  • Sep 23 Red, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 23 Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • Sep 23 Bryant McKinnie, Woodbury, NJ, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Sep 24 Fábio Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 24 Ross Mathews, American television personality and comedian
  • Sep 24 Justin Bruening, American actor
  • Sep 26 Jaycie Phelps, gymnast (World-brz-95/Oly-gold-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • Sep 26 Jon Harley, English footballer
  • Sep 27 Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Zita Görög, Hungarian actress and model
  • Sep 27 Christian Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 27 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Sep 28 Anndi Lynn McAfee, actress (Ice Cream Man, Conagher)
  • Sep 28 Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • Sep 29 Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • Sep 29 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player
  • Sep 30 Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 30 Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianist
  • Sep 30 Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 9 Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29 Actress Isabella Rossellini (27) weds director Martin Scorsese (36)

Actress Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, actor (Quartet, Hamlet, Dreaming Lips), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, former head of the Vatican Bank and secretary of the 1958 conclave (b. 1884)
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, composer, dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabelac, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Gene Kelly, sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60
  • Sep 20 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general/politician, dies at 83
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete and actor (b. 1915)
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, actor (Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies at 68
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, actor/director (Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26