What Happened in September 1989

Historical Events

  • 1st "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 804 performances
  • 1st Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their separation

Film release premierFilm Premier

1st "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

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2nd Rev Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst

Minister and Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton
Minister and Civil Rights Activist
Al Sharpton
  • 3rd "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances
  • 3rd Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die
  • 4th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

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4th Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • 4th 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou wins Golden Lion

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5th Chris Evert's last US Open match, she is defeated by Zina Garrison

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 5th Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • 6th 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • 6th Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • 6th Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

8th George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 8th Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 8th Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)

Sport awardTennis Open

9th 109th Women's U.S. Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova (3-6, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

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10th Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 10th Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • 10th East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary & Czechoslovakia)
  • 10th Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

10th 109th Men's U.S. Open: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 11th Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
  • 11th KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • 13th "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit
  • 13th Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa
  • 13th Fay Vincent elected baseball's 8th commissioner
  • 14th Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • 14th Jeff Reardon is 1st to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons
  • 14th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 15th The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • 16th Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • 16th 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • 17th -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston SC
  • 17th 41st Emmy Awards: LA Law, "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • 17th Beth Daniel wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • 17th Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • 17th NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • 18th Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • 19th Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • 19th French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • 19th Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

19th "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

  • 20th FW De Klerk sworn in as president of South Africa
  • 20th Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London
  • 20th USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • 21st Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • 22nd Cards outfielder Leon Durham suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • 22nd IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

22nd "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • 23rd Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • 24th 28th Ryder Cup: US & Europe draw, 14-14 at The Belfry, England
  • 24th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Nippon Travel-MBS Golf Classic
  • 24th ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • 25th Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • 25th Ronald Harwood's "Another Time" premieres in London
  • 25th Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons
  • 26th Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia
  • 26th MPAA creates NC-17 rating for movies with adult themes
  • 26th Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons
  • 27th Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • 27th Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash

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29th Glenn Frey joins Don Henley on-stage (for 1st time since 1981)

Rock Vocalist Glenn Frey
Rock Vocalist
Glenn Frey
  • 29th Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills
  • 30th NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

30th Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 30th Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • 30th Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • 30th West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Juliana Lohmann, Brazilian actress
  • 2nd Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer
  • 2nd Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)
  • 6th Nikos Boutzikos, Greek footballer
  • 14th Jesse James, American actor
  • 15th Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
  • 21st Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, American skateboarder
  • 23rd Brandon Jennings, American basketball player
  • 26th Emma Rigby, English actress
  • 27th Park Tae-Hwan, South Korean swimmer
  • 28th Mark Randall, English footballer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

2nd NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

HeartWedding of Interest

2nd Actor Sam Neill (41) weds actress Noriko Watanabe (24)

Actor Sam Neill
Sam Neill

HeartWedding of Interest

4th Tennis star Bjorn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 16th Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

HeartWedding of Interest

16th Tennis player Ivan Lendl (29) weds Samantha Frankel in Greenwich, Connecticut

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

HeartWedding of Interest

23rd Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

HeartWedding of Interest

30th NBA legend Larry Bird (32) weds long-time girlfriend Dinah Mattingly in Terre Haute, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Famous Deaths

  • 1st A Bartlett Giamatti, baseball commissioner, dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1st Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • 2nd A Bartlett Giamatti, baseball commisioner, dies at 51
  • 4th Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • 4th Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian (b. 1903)
  • 9th Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • 10th Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (32 Tests for WI), murdered
  • 12th Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • 13th Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • 14th Edwin McLeod, cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies
  • 14th Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban musician (b. 1916)
  • 15th Harry Cave, cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies
  • 15th Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 17th Jay Stewart, annoucer on Lets Make a Deal, commits suicide
  • 19th Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • 19th Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 20th Richie Ginther, American racing driver (b. 1930)
  • 21st F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies

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22nd Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history (God Bless America, White Xmas), dies at 101

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • 22nd Jan Teulings, Dutch actor/director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies
  • 26th Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome
  • 26th Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80

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28th Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • 29th A A Busch Jr, brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • 29th Gussie Busch, American brewing magnate (b. 1899)
  • 30th Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92