What Happened in September 1989

Historical Events

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 8 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

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

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • Sep 30 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • Sep 30 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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 2 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

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

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 16 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

Sep 23 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

Sep 30 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

  • Sep 1 A Bartlett Giamatti, baseball commissioner, dies of heart attack at 51
  • Sep 1 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • Sep 2 A Bartlett Giamatti, baseball commisioner, dies at 51
  • Sep 3 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • Sep 4 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian (b. 1903)
  • Sep 9 Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • Sep 10 Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (32 Tests for WI), murdered
  • Sep 12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • Sep 13 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Edwin McLeod, cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies
  • Sep 14 Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban musician (b. 1916)
  • Sep 15 Harry Cave, cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies
  • Sep 15 Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • Sep 17 Jay Stewart, annoucer on Lets Make a Deal, commits suicide
  • Sep 19 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • Sep 19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 20 Richie Ginther, American racing driver (b. 1930)
  • Sep 21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 28 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
  • Sep 29 A A Busch Jr, brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Gussie Busch, American brewing magnate (b. 1899)
  • Sep 30 Virgil Thomson, US composer/critic (4 saints in 3 acts), dies at 92