What Happened in September 1981

Historical Events

  • 1st Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • 1st Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • 1st RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • 1st Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • 2nd USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 2nd 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • 3rd Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • 3rd Longest game in Fenway Park, suspended in 19, Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7
  • 4th Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 7
  • 4th Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 4th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 6th "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • 6th Bob Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • 7th Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

7th Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 7th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 7th Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV
  • 7th West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • 9th Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • 10th "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • 11th 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • 12th Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • 12th Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

12th 101st Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 13th 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win
  • 13th April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • 13th Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • 13th Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 13th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardTennis Open

13th 101st Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 14th Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • 15th US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

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15th Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 15th The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • 15th Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • 17th Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • 18th Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • 19th Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • 19th Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert
  • 19th 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • 20th 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • 20th Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • 20th Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 21st Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • 21st Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

21st Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 21st Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • 22nd Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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25th Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 25th Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • 25th Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • 26th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 27th "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 perf
  • 27th Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • 28th Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • 30th Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • 30th Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Clinton Portis, American football player
  • 1st Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • 2nd Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 2nd Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director/producer
  • 2nd Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • 2nd Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • 3rd Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
  • 4th Richard Garcia, Australian footballer

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4th Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • 4th Lacey Sturm, American singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 5th Drew Carter, American football player
  • 5th Filippo Volandri, Italian tennis player
  • 6th Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • 6th Mark Teahen, American baseball player
  • 7th Gökhan Zan, Turkish footballer
  • 7th Paul McCoy, American musician (lead singer of 12 Stones)
  • 8th Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem PA, actor (Randy-Home Improvement)
  • 8th Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • 9th Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress
  • 11th Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer
  • 11th Dylan Klebold, Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator (d. 1999)
  • 12th Jered Guzman, Garden Grove California, pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

12th Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • 13th Koldo Fernández, Spanish cyclist
  • 13th Antonio Lopez Spanish footballer
  • 13th Angel Williams, Canadian wrestler
  • 14th Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • 16th Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress
  • 16th Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls)
  • 17th Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • 17th Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • 17th Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • 17th Jonathan Radtke, American musician (Kill Hannah)
  • 18th Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model
  • 19th Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist
  • 19th Scott Baker, American baseball player
  • 19th Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player
  • 19th Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • 20th Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • 20th Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • 20th Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • 21st Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • 21st Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • 21st Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • 22nd Ashley Drane, American actress
  • 22nd Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • 22nd Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • 23rd Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • 23rd Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
  • 23rd Misti Traya, American actress
  • 24th Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player
  • 24th Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
  • 25th Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
  • 25th Jason Bergmann, American baseball player
  • 25th Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician
  • 25th Van Hansis, American actor
  • 26th Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • 26th Christina Milian, American actress and singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

26th Serena Williams, American tennis star (38 major titles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 27th Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • 27th Sophie Crumb, American comics artist
  • 27th Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • 28th Vincent Kartheiser, actor (Hairy Bird, Alaska, Untamed Heart)
  • 28th José Calderón, Spanish basketball player
  • 28th Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 28th Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
  • 28th Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • 29th Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player
  • 30th Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympics-gold-96)
  • 30th Brandon Watson, American baseball

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

13th Television producer Lorne Michaels (36) weds model Susan Forristal

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

15th Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Albert Speer, German NSDAP-architect/minister of Army at 76
  • 1st Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • 1st Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • 3rd Alec Waugh, English writer (b. 1898)
  • 4th Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • 5th Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • 6th Joseph Yasser, composer, dies at 88
  • 6th Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • 6th Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • 8th Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • 8th Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • 9th Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • 11th Frank McHugh, actor (Dawn Patrol, Going My Way), dies at 83
  • 12th Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 13th William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • 14th Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • 14th [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • 15th Sara Haden, actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • 15th Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 19th Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • 21st Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
  • 21st Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • 22nd Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 23rd Chief Dan George, actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man), dies at 82
  • 24th Patsy Kelly, actress (Brigid Murphy-Cop & the Kid), dies at 71
  • 27th Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • 27th Robert Montgomery, actor/dir (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 77
  • 28th Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • 29th Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)