What Happened in September 1985

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Cyclist Joop Zoetemelk becomes world champion
  • Sep 1 US-French expedition locates wreckage of Titanic off Newfoundland
  • Sep 2 Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 20th Space Shuttle Mission (51-I)-Discovery 6-returns to Earth
  • Sep 3 England regain Cricket Ashes by beating Australia at The Oval
  • Sep 3 NY Met Gary Carter hits 3 consecutive HRs in a game
  • Sep 4 Igor Paklin of USSR set a new high jump world record at 7-11 12
  • Sep 4 NY Mets Gary Carter's 2 HRs ties record of 5 HRs in 2 games
  • Sep 6 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Mark Messier loses control of his Porsche and totals three cars, and would later be charged with hit and run and careless driving (he would pay a fine)

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Sep 7 Mary Decker Tabb Slaney runs US 3K female record (8:25.83)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 105th Women's U.S. Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Martina Navratilova (7-6, 1-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 8 "USA Weekend's" 1st issue, appears in 255 newspapers
  • Sep 8 7 die in a car & train crash in San Jose, Calif
  • Sep 8 Alayson Gibbons sets 24 hr women swim record of 42.05 mi in 25 m pool
  • Sep 8 Shuttle Discovery flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • Sep 8 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Portland Ping Golf Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 105th Men's U.S. Open: Ivan Lendl beats John McEnroe (7-6, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 President Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Sep 9 Race riot in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 10 U.S. 7th Circuit Court rules Soviet defector Walter Polovchak can't be forcibly returned to parents' country if it's deemed "not in the best interests" of underage defectors
  • Sep 11 Intl Cometary Explorer (ISEE 3) passes Giacobini-Zinner by 7900 km
  • Sep 11 Sri Lanka score their 1st Test Cricket victory, by 149 runs v India
  • Sep 11 Pete Rose of Cincinnati Reds gets career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record
  • Sep 12 Flight readiness firing of Atlantis' main engines; 20 seconds
  • Sep 13 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen
  • Sep 13 John Williams introduces new Today Show theme
  • Sep 14 Susan Akin (Miss), 21, crowned 59th Miss America 1986

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 14 "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White
Actress Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
  • Sep 14 10th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Official Story" directed by Luis Puenzo wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 26th Ryder Cup: Europe beat US, 16½-11½ at The Belfry, England
  • Sep 15 Joanne Carner wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • Sep 15 Olof Palme forms Sweden minority government
  • Sep 15 Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings
  • Sep 15 Yanks trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro
  • Sep 17 Soyuz T-14 carries 3 cosmonauts to Salyut 7 space station
  • Sep 18 "Song & Dance" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 474 performances
  • Sep 18 BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • Sep 18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • Sep 19 Mexico City 8.1 earthquake kills 12,000 and injures 40,000
  • Sep 20 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players
  • Sep 20 Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 to become Heavyweight Boxing Champion

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 22 First Farm Aid concert held, organised by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Sep 22 37th Emmy Awards: Cagney & Lacey, Cosby Show & Tyne Daly win
  • Sep 22 Billy Martin's right arm is broken by pitcher Ed Whitson
  • Sep 22 Earthquake strikes Mexico, 2,000 killed

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

Sep 22 French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius appears on TV to confess "Agents of the DGSE sank this boat [Rainbow Warrior]. They acted on orders.”

  • Sep 22 Rock and country musicians participate in FarmAid in Champaign, Illinois
  • Sep 22 Val Skinner wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • Sep 22 St Louis Cardinals set an unusual streak record by winning 9 of 10 games, each pitched by a different man
  • Sep 22 The Plaza Accord was signed in New York City.
  • Sep 24 Apollo Computer Inc lays off 300 employees
  • Sep 24 Fastest English Channel crossing by a relay team set (15h 30m)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 24 Montreal Expo Andre Dawson is 9th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th), and joins Willey McCovey to hit 2 HRs in an inn twice

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 25 Akali Dal wins Punjab State election in India
  • Sep 25 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 25 Rickey Henderson steals Yankee record 75th base of season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Sep 26 Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Libya
  • Sep 27 8 killed as roof collapses in Brussel's supermarket
  • Sep 27 Hurricane Gloria's 130 MPH wind hits Atlantic coast
  • Sep 28 "Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins peaks at #4
  • Sep 28 "Every Step Of The Way" by John Waite peaks at #25
  • Sep 28 "Freedom" by Wham! peaks at #3
  • Sep 28 "Janet" by Commodores peaks at #87
  • Sep 28 NASA launches Intelsat VA F-12
  • Sep 28 Riots in Brixton, London, rompted by police shooting of Dorothy Groce by police
  • Sep 29 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 29 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV

  • Sep 29 "MacGyver" starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 1st of 5 cyanide-laced Tylenol victims dies
  • Sep 29 Deron Cherry, Kansas City vs Seattle, has 4 interceptions!
  • Sep 29 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 30 Howard Stern gets fired from WNBC AM (NY)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Camile Velasco, Filipino-American singer
  • Sep 3 Scott Carson, English footballer
  • Sep 3 Kelvin Wilson, English footballer
  • Sep 5 Ryan Guy, American soccer player
  • Sep 6 Webbie, American rapper
  • Sep 6 Ali Ashfaq, Maldivian footballer
  • Sep 6 Alberto Valerio, Brazilian racing driver
  • Sep 7 Tatia Jayne Starkey, Ringo's 1st grandchild
  • Sep 7 Rafinha, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 8 Yendi Phillips, Jamaican beauty pageant contestant
  • Sep 9 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer
  • Sep 9 J.R. Smith, American basketball player
  • Sep 11 Shaun Livingston, American basketball player
  • Sep 11 Zack Stortini, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 12 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer
  • Sep 13 Keyunta Dawson, National Football League player
  • Sep 14 Paolo Gregoletto, American bassist (Trivium)
  • Sep 14 Aya Ueto, Japanese actress and singer
  • Sep 14 Delmon Young, American baseball player
  • Sep 16 Madeline Zima, American actress (The Nanny, Californication), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Sep 17 Alexander Ovechkin, Russian hockey player
  • Sep 17 Brendan Clarke, Irish Soccer Player with St. Patrick's Athletic
  • Sep 17 Jon Walker, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • Sep 17 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player
  • Sep 17 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 20 David Allen, American composer and writer
  • Sep 21 Maryam Hassouni, Dutch actor
  • Sep 22 Faris Haroun, Belgian footballer
  • Sep 23 Maki Goto, Japanese pop singer
  • Sep 23 Jared High, American victim of bullying (d. 1998)
  • Sep 23 Brian Brohm, American football player
  • Sep 23 Lukáš Kašpar, Czech ice hockey player
  • Sep 23 Hossein Ka'abi, Iranian footballer
  • Sep 23 Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
  • Sep 26 Lenna Kuurmaa, Estonian singer (Vanilla Ninja)
  • Sep 29 Calvin Johnson, American football player

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 18 Comedian Jeff Foxworthy (27) weds Pamela Gregg at New York City's Central Park

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 1 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Sep 2 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 3 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 4 George O'Brien, actor (Daniel Boone, Salute), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 4 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee, singer/actress (Alice-Beulah), dies at 67 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 10 Alexa Kenin, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), dies at 23
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, sci-fi author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American Biochemist, dies at 98
  • Sep 27 Lloyd Nolan, actor (Dr Chegley-Julia), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Sep 30 Charles F Richter, US seismologist (scale of R), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77
  • Sep 30 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64