What Happened in September 1984

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • Sep 3 28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery
  • Sep 3 Bruce Sutter breaks NL record for saves in a season with his 38th
  • Sep 3 Cindy Hill wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 19th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $32,074,566

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 South Africa adopts constitution
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • Sep 5 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) -Discovery 1- lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 6 Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 6 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow
  • Sep 6 "Amadeus" from the play by Peter Shaffer, directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1985)
  • Sep 7 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236
  • Sep 8 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41G mission

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 104th Women's U.S. Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd (4-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 9 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Portland Ping Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 104th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Ivan Lendl (6-3, 6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Sep 10 Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Okla
  • Sep 10 Sean O'Keefe (11) is youngest to cycle across US (24 days)

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Sep 10 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Sep 12 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
  • Sep 12 Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on Tonight Show
  • Sep 12 Ethiopia forms socialist republic
  • Sep 12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • Sep 13 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad

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Sep 13 Shimon Peres forms Israeli government with Likud

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Sep 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think"
  • Sep 15 Morocco Showcase opens
  • Sep 15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 9th Toronto International Film Festival: "Places in the Heart" directed by Robert Benton wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 16 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

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Sep 17 Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada's 18th Prime Minister, succeeding John Turner

18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada
Brian Mulroney
17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
  • Sep 17 Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Sep 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 18 Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
  • Sep 18 Tigers clinch AL East championship (spent all year in 1st place)

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Sep 18 Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Sep 19 Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • Sep 20 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 20 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • Sep 20 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
  • Sep 21 NASA launches Galaxy-C
  • Sep 23 36th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Cheers, John Ritter & Tyne Daly win
  • Sep 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic

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Sep 23 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

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Sep 23 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Sep 24 Cubs clinch NL East title

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Sep 24 Paul McCartney release "No More Lonely Nights"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Sep 25 "Quilters" opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Sep 25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • Sep 25 Egypt & Jordan regain diplomatic relations

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 26 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • Sep 26 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • Sep 26 Dutch Queen Beatrice opens University
  • Sep 26 Phila's Juan Samuel sets record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Sep 28 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
  • Sep 28 Cleve Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • Sep 29 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • Sep 29 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • Sep 29 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66
  • Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1
  • Sep 29 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • Sep 29 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • Sep 29 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Yes Or No" by Go-Go's peak at #84

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Sep 29 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

  • Sep 30 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game
  • Sep 30 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner
  • Sep 30 Browns set a team record for allowing most sacks (11), KC wins 10-6
  • Sep 30 California Angel Mike Witt, pitches a perfect game over Texas Rangers, 1-0
  • Sep 30 NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg
  • Sep 30 CBS' premiere of "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Landsbury

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Joseph Trohman, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • Sep 1 Nick Noble, American soccer player
  • Sep 2 Jack Peñate, English/Spanish singer
  • Sep 3 Garrett Hedlund, American actor
  • Sep 4 Hamish McIntosh, Australian football player
  • Sep 4 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress, singer and composer
  • Sep 5 Trey Hill, Grammy-nominated musician
  • Sep 7 Vera Zvonareva, Russian tennis player
  • Sep 8 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver
  • Sep 8 Peter Whittingham, English footballer
  • Sep 9 James Hildreth, English Cricketer
  • Sep 9 Farrah Gray, American entrepreneur and author (Reallionaire), born in Chicago
  • Sep 13 Nabil Abou-Harb, Arab-American filmmaker
  • Sep 14 Adam Lamberg, American actor
  • Sep 14 Melissa McGhee, American singer
  • Sep 15 Henry Charles Albert David, Prince of Wales, 3rd in British succession
  • Sep 16 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
  • Sep 16 Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer
  • Sep 17 Eugenia Volodina, Russian supermodel
  • Sep 18 Anthony Gonzalez, American football player
  • Sep 19 Eamon, American pop singer
  • Sep 19 Kevin Zegers, Canadian actor
  • Sep 21 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • Sep 22 Eduardo Rubio, Mexican pilot and pianist
  • Sep 22 Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Sep 22 Ross Jarman, Drummer The Cribs
  • Sep 22 Laura Vandervoort, Canadian actress
  • Sep 23 Anneliese van der Pol, American actress
  • Sep 23 Louie Stephens, American musician (Rooney)
  • Sep 23 Nathan Jendrick, American author
  • Sep 23 Matt Kemp, American baseball player
  • Sep 24 Szilvia Molnar, Swedish writer
  • Sep 25 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player
  • Sep 26 Keisha Buchanan, English singer (Sugababes)
  • Sep 26 Thore Schölermann, German actor
  • Sep 27 Paul Bevan, Australian rules footballer
  • Sep 27 John Lannan, American baseball player

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Sep 27 Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter (Complicated, Sk8er Boi), born in Belleville, Ontario

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne
  • Sep 28 Melody Thornton, American singer and dancer
  • Sep 28 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
  • Sep 29 Per Mertesacker, German football player
  • Sep 30 T-Pain, American rapper/singer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21)

  • Sep 14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)
  • Sep 14 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France
  • Sep 22 Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este at Church of Our Lady of "De Zavel

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 14 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Howland Chamberlin, actor (Force of Evil, Pickup), dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (b. 1908)
  • Sep 3 Arthur Schwartz, producer (Inside USA with Chevrolet), dies at 83
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, actor (Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Sep 6 E J Andre, actor (Eugene Bullock-Dallas), dies at 74
  • Sep 6 Ernest Tubb, singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 70
  • Sep 7 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies
  • Sep 7 Joe Cronin, shortstop/American League Pres, dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Frank Lowson, cricketer (England opener 1951-55), dies
  • Sep 8 Rene Bernier, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Walter Kaufmann, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Yilmaz Gueney, director (Yol, Arkadas, Baba, Agit), dies at 47
  • Sep 11 Hilding Hallnas, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (b. 1901)
  • Sep 14 Janet Gaynor, actress (Sunrise), dies at 77 from a traffic accident
  • Sep 15 Jack Ikin, cricketer (England opener 1946-55), dies
  • Sep 17 Richard Basehart, actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70
  • Sep 19 June Preisser, dancer/actress (Babes in Arms), dies in car crash at 61
  • Sep 20 Steve Goodman, folk singer/guitarist, dies at 36
  • Sep 23 Anatoly Grigor'yevich Novikov, composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Neil Hamilton, actor (Com Gordon-Batman), dies of asthma at 85
  • Sep 25 Walter Pidgeon, actor (Forbidden Planet, Mrs Miniver), dies at 87
  • Sep 26 Walter Pidgeon, actor (Forbidden Planet), dies of strokes at 87
  • Sep 26 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • Sep 27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • Sep 29 Marnix Gijsen, [Jan-Al Goris], writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)