What Happened in September 1981

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • Sep 12 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

Sep 12 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
  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 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
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

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