Historical Events in September 1981

  • 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
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

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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

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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