What Happened in September 1980

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 1 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 1 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Sep 2 John Arlott commentates on his last game, England v Australia at Lord's
  • Sep 4 Yes performs its last concert (Madison Square Garden)
  • Sep 5 Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • Sep 5 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
  • Sep 6 Chantal Langlace sets women's record for fastest 100K run (7h27m22s)
  • Sep 6 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • Sep 6 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
  • Sep 6 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 6 100th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Hana Mandlikova (5-7, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Sep 7 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Series of Women's Golf
  • Sep 7 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • Sep 7 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis)
  • Sep 7 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season
  • Sep 7 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 100th Men's U.S. Open: U.S. Open John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 8 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest
  • Sep 10 Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18
  • Sep 10 Peter Comita replaces Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick
  • Sep 11 Chile adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Ron LeFlore (91st) & Rodney Scott (58th), set teammate steal record
  • Sep 12 Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • Sep 13 1st United Negro College Fund
  • Sep 13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 14 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Sep 14 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 17 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Bette Midler
  • Sep 17 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Sep 17 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
  • Sep 17 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • Sep 17 Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • Sep 18 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • Sep 18 Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base
  • Sep 18 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Sep 19 Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, AR)

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 19 "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch is released (Best Picture 1981)

  • Sep 20 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of Thurman Munson at Yankee Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Sep 20 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out
  • Sep 21 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • Sep 21 LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
  • Sep 21 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
  • Sep 21 Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • Sep 22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Sep 23 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Sep 24 Braves join every NL team with 1,000,000+ attendance for this season
  • Sep 24 Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan
  • Sep 25 Chevy Chase calls Cary Grant a homo on Tomorrow show (suit follows)
  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 25 Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith, & Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres
  • Sep 25 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • Sep 26 Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed
  • Sep 26 Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
  • Sep 26 Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
  • Sep 27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • Sep 27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • Sep 28 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
  • Sep 28 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
  • Sep 28 Jerilyn Britz wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Sep 29 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • Sep 30 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 A's Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record at 98 en route to 100

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 30 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian footballer
  • Sep 1 Chris Riggott, English footballer
  • Sep 2 Ashley Witmer, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA (1997)
  • Sep 2 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • Sep 2 Dany Sabourin, French Canadian Goaltender in the National Hockey League
  • Sep 3 The B.G., American rapper
  • Sep 3 Daniel Ruben Bilos, Argentinian footballer
  • Sep 3 Cone McCaslin, Canadian bassist (Sum 41)
  • Sep 3 Jennie Finch, American softball player
  • Sep 4 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese singer
  • Sep 4 Pat Neshek, American baseball player
  • Sep 5 Franco Costanzo, Argentinian football goalkeeper
  • Sep 6 Samuel Peter, Nigerian heavyweight boxer
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yobo, Nigerian footballer
  • Sep 6 Yuji Hamano, Japanese archer
  • Sep 6 Jillian Hall, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 7 Gabriel Milito, Argentine footballer
  • Sep 7 Javad Nekounam, Iranian footballer
  • Sep 7 Mark Prior, American baseball player
  • Sep 7 Sara Carrigan, Australian cyclist
  • Sep 8 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer
  • Sep 9 Todd Coffey, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 9 Michelle Williams, American actress (Dawson's Creek), born in Kalispell, Montana

  • Sep 10 Timothy Goebel, Evanston Ill, figure skater (1996 National Jr champ)
  • Sep 10 [Michael] Mikey Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • Sep 11 Antônio Pizzonia, Brazilian race car driver
  • Sep 11 Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 12 Fernando Cesar de Souza, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 12 Gus G., Greek guitarist (Firewind, Dream Evil)
  • Sep 12 Sean Burroughs, American baseball player
  • Sep 12 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player
  • Sep 12 Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player
  • Sep 13 Ben Savage, actor (Little Monsters, Wild Palms)
  • Sep 13 Evangelos Nastos, Greek footballer
  • Sep 13 Han Chae Young, South Korean actress
  • Sep 13 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player
  • Sep 13 Michelle Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • Sep 13 Teppei Teranishi, American guitarist (Thrice)
  • Sep 15 David Diehl, American football player
  • Sep 15 Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese pop singer
  • Sep 15 Mike Dunleavy, Jr., American basketball player
  • Sep 16 Patrik Stefan, Czech hockey player
  • Sep 17 Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • Sep 17 Danny Haren, American baseball player
  • Sep 18 Avi Strool, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 18 Charles Hedger - British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • Sep 18 Chris Tarrant, Australian football player
  • Sep 19 Sara Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • Sep 19 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer/songwriter (Tegan and Sara)
  • Sep 20 Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
  • Sep 20 Mariacarla Boscono, Italian fashion model
  • Sep 20 Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
  • Sep 21 Raegan Tomaster, East Patgchogue NY, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Sep 21 Robert Hoffman, American actor
  • Sep 21 Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress
  • Sep 21 Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Sep 21 Aleksa Palladino, American actress
  • Sep 21 Autumn Reeser, American actress
  • Sep 21 Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • Sep 22 Fernanda Tavares, Brazilian supermodel
  • Sep 23 Cameron Litvack, American television producer
  • Sep 24 Petri Pasanen, Finnish footballer
  • Sep 24 John Arne Riise, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 24 Daniele Bennati, Italian professional road racing cyclist
  • Sep 24 Dean Canto, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 25 T.I., American rapper
  • Sep 26 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver
  • Sep 26 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players
  • Sep 29 Sarah Sucher, Miss Iowa Teen USA (1997)
  • Sep 29 Dallas Green, Canadian musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour)
  • Sep 29 Zachary Levi, American actor
  • Sep 29 Patrick Agyemang, English footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 30 Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis star (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 30 Camilla D'Errico, Canadian comic book artist and painter

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 5 Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Barbara O'Neil, actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas)
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, actor (Cisco Kid, Guns of Fury), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Fabian von Schlabendorff, German resistance fighter/judge, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Dirch Passer, Danish actor (b. 1926
  • Sep 4 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Barbara Loden, actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • Sep 8 Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist/theory/educator, dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 8 Willard Libby, American chemist (radiocarbon dating), dies of pneumonia at 71

Chemist Willard Libby
Willard Libby
  • Sep 9 John Howard Griffin, American writer (b. 1920)
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Sep 17 Katherine A Porter, US author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 K A Porter, writer, dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 25 John Bonham, English pop drummer (Led Zeppelin), overdoses at 32
  • Sep 25 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • Sep 25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (b. 1883)
  • Sep 25 Earl Curry, American religious author (b. 1890)