On This Day

What Happened in September 1971

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6
  • Sep 1 Rolling Stones sue manager Allen Klein

Sports History

Sep 1 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell

  • Sep 1 The Irish Republican Army set off a series of bombs across Northern Ireland injuring a number of people

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

  • Sep 2 NY's Electric Circus Club goes out of business
  • Sep 2 There are further Irish Republican Army bombs set off across the region, including one in Belfast which wrecked the headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party
  • Sep 3 Manlio Brosio resigns as secretary general of NATO
  • Sep 3 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
  • Sep 3 Watergate team breaks into Daniel Ellsberg's doctor's office
  • Sep 3 A baby girl and an Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier are killed in separate shooting incidents in Northern Ireland
  • Sep 4 Alaskan 727 crashes into Chilkoot Mountain, kills 109 (Alaska)
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet

Telethon

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 6th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $8,125,387

Meeting of Interest

Sep 6 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Sep 6 William Craig and Ian Paisley speak at a rally in Belfast before a crowd of approximately 20,000 people and call for the establishment of a 'third force' to defend 'Ulster'

  • Sep 8 John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 9 1,000 convicts riot & seize Attica, NY prison

TV Show Appearance

Sep 9 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Dick Cavett Show (ABC-TV)

  • Sep 9 John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires (for the first time), after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings
  • Sep 10 KVUE TV channel 24 in Austin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 "2 by 2" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 343 performances
  • Sep 11 Egypt adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Laurel Lea Schaefer (Ohio), 22, crowned 44th Miss America 1972

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
  • Sep 13 11 guards & 31 prisoners die in take over at Attica State Prison

Historic Event

Sep 13 Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet premier, buried in Moscow

  • Sep 13 WIIQ TV channel 41 in Demopolis, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 World Hockey Association forms
  • Sep 13 Two North Ireland Loyalists are mortally injured when the bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely in a house in Bann Street, Belfast
  • Sep 14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 14 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Sep 15 1st broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 16 6 Ku Klux Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • Sep 16 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • Sep 18 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum

Historic Event

Sep 18 Momofuku Ando markets the first Cup Noodle, packaging it in a waterproof polystyrene container

  • Sep 19 New York City Marathon: inaugural women's race won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22; 2nd men's race won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 22 OPEC directs members to negotiate price increases to offset the devaluation of the US dollar

Historic Event

Sep 23 Jan Vermeer's painting "The Love Letter" is stolen from The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels by a 21 year old thief

  • Sep 23 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are killed in a premature bomb explosion
  • Sep 24 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
  • Sep 24 Eyskens-Cools disbands Belgium parliament
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

Sports History

Sep 26 Jim Palmer is 4th Oriole to win at least 20 games this season

  • Sep 26 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 MP David Bleakley resigns in protest over the introduction of Internment and the lack of any new political initiatives by the Northern Ireland government
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • Sep 28 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty after 15 years refuge in US Embassy in Budapest is allowed to leave the country
  • Sep 28 NY Times reports growing interest of white youth in black gospel music
  • Sep 28 UK passes the Misuse of Drugs Act banning the medicinal use of cannabis.
  • Sep 29 "McMillan & Wife" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Cyclone & tidal wave off Bay of Bengal kills as many as 10,000
  • Sep 29 Orbiting Solar Observatory VII launched
  • Sep 29 Ron Hunt is hit by a pitch for record 50th time in a season
  • Sep 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 30 -11/6] Rome: 3rd bishop synod
  • Sep 30 Last Washington Senator home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit game Yanks trailing 4-2 in 9th with 2 outs, fans rush field
  • Sep 30 Ian Paisley and Desmond Boal launch the [Ulster] Democratic Unionist Party

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Hakan Şükür, Turkish soccer striker (112 caps; Galatasaray), born in Sapanca, Turkey
  • Sep 1 Ricardo Antonio Chavira, American actor
  • Sep 1 Yoshitaka Hirota, Japanese composer
  • Sep 1 Lââm [Lamiah], French singer, born in Paris
  • Sep 1 Ezio Bosso, Italian pianist, composer (Rain, In Your Black Eyes; Domes of Freedom), and conductor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Sep 2 Rich Aurilia, infielder (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 2 Shauna Sand, actress (Renegade), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 2 Tommy Maddox, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Sep 2 Kjetil André Aamodt, Norwegian skier
  • Sep 2 Pawan Kalyan, Indian actor
  • Sep 2 Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 2 Katt [Micah Sierra] Williams, American comedian, actor, rapper, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 3 Chabeli Iglesias, daughter of Julio Iglesias, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 3 Glen Housman, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Sep 3 Trevor St. John, American actor (One Live to Live), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 4 John Thierry, American football defensive end (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Sep 4 Monty Grow, American football safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Inverness, Florida
  • Sep 4 Maik Taylor, Northern Irish footballer, born in Hildesheim, Germany
  • Sep 4 Anita Yuen, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 5 Carlester Crumpler, American NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Sep 5 Kim Maher, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam
  • Sep 5 Adam Hollioake, England cricketer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 6 Anthony Goldwire, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sep 6 Holli Hyche, American runner, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 6 Kathi Wolfgramm, American rocker (Jets), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 6 Pavel Patera, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • Sep 6 Devang Gandhi, Indian cricketer, born in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
  • Sep 6 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries - "Zombie", "Linger"), born in Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Sep 7 Briana Scurry, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sep 7 Tonny Jensen, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • Sep 7 Wesley Leasy, American NFL linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Dave Merritt, American NFL outside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sep 8 Greg Minor, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Sandersville, Georgia
  • Sep 8 Ján Pardavý, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 8 David Arquette, American actor, director and producer (Scream, Kiss & Tell), born in Winchester, Virginia
  • Sep 8 Brooke Burke, American model and TV personality (Wild On!), born in Hartford, Connecticut

Martin Freeman

Sep 8 Martin Freeman, English actor (The Hobbit, Sherlock), born in Aldershot, Hampshire

  • Sep 8 Lachlan Murdoch, Australian, British, American businessman (New Corp) and son of Rupert Murdoch, born in London, England
  • Sep 8 Jocko Willink, American navy seal and author (Extreme Ownership), born in Torrington, Connecticut
  • Sep 8 Ross Childress, American guitarist (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Henry Thomas, American actor (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 9 Jill Sudduth, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 11 Mack Strong, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Sep 11 Richard Ashcroft, British singer (The Verve - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"), born in Wigan, Lancashire, England
  • Sep 11 Markos Moulitsas, American blogger and author (Daily Kos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Johnny Vegas, English comedian (Ideal, The Libetine), born in St. Helens, Merseyside, England
  • Sep 11 Shelton Quarles, American NFL linebacker, executive (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Director Football Ops), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 12 Terry Dehere, American politician and NBA guard (Sacramento Kings), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 13 Richie Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Jets), born in Olney, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Stella Nina McCartney, English fashion designer and daughter of Paul & Linda McCartney, born in Lambeth, London
  • Sep 13 Ted Drury, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 13 Manabu Namiki, Japanese video game composer, born in Funabashi, Japan
  • Sep 14 Jonathan "Adam" Holland, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Kimberly Williams, American actress (Father of the Bride), born in Rye, New York
  • Sep 14 Mario Henry, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 14 Jeff Loomis, American progressive metal guitarist (Nevermore), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Sep 14 Andre Matos, Brazilian singer and musician (Symfonia), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Sep 15 Chad Bratzke, American NFL defensive end (NY Giants), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Sep 15 Josh Charles, American actor (The Good Wife), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 15 Wayne Ferreira, South African tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Sep 15 Will Shields, American NFL guard (KC Chiefs), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Sep 15 Ben Wallers, English musician and songwriter (Country Teasers), born in St Albans, England
  • Sep 15 Michael Malone, American basketball head coach (Denver Nuggets 2015-21; Sacramento Kings 2013-14; NBA All-Star Game 2019), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 15 Dario Antonio Úsuga [Otonie], Columbian drug baron (Gulf Clan cartel),
  • Sep 16 Charlie Fields, American actor (Shannon), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 16 Derrell Mitchell, American NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts), born in Miami, Florida
  • Sep 16 Shawntel Smith, American beauty pageant (Miss America (1996)), born in Muldrow, Oklahoma

Amy Poehler

Sep 16 Amy Poehler, American comedian and actress (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), born in Newton, Massachusetts

  • Sep 17 David Hynes, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 17 Octus Polk, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Sep 17 Paul Janssen, soccer player (Fortuna S, NAC)
  • Sep 18 Kate Starre, Australian field hockey utility (Olympics 1996), born in Armadale, Australia

Lance Armstrong

Sep 18 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France titles) banned for illegal drug use, born in Plano, Texas

  • Sep 18 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Sep 18 Ron Childs, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • Sep 18 Anna Netrebko, Russian opera singer, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Jada Pinkett Smith

Sep 18 Jada Pinkett Smith, American actress (Set it Off; Nutty Professor;, Menace II Society), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Sep 19 Colleen Coyne, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • Sep 19 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • Sep 19 Sanaa Lathan, American actress (The Best Man Holiday), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 20 Andrew Lane, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Henryk Larsson, Swedish soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • Sep 20 Ryan Terry, American NFL running back and kick returner (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Sep 20 Masashi Hamauzu, Japanese video game composer, born in Munich, West Germany
  • Sep 21 Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor (Silver Spoons - "Alfonso"; Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - "Carlton'), singer, dancer, and director, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 21 John Crawley, English cricketer
  • Sep 21 Luke Wilson, American actor
  • Sep 22 Chesney Hawkes, English singer (Feels So Alive, The One and Only), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Sep 22 Christian Fauria, American NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Harbour City, California
  • Sep 22 Ian Van Der Wal, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • Sep 22 Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald V of Norway and clairvoyant, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 23 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Sep 23 Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Sep 23 Sean Spicer, American political strategist, White House Press Secretary (2017), born in Barrington, Rhode Island
  • Sep 24 Peter Salisbury, English drummer (The Verve), born in Chippenham, England
  • Sep 25 John Lynch, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Sep 25 Brian Dunkleman, American actor, born in Ellicottville, New York
  • Sep 26 Elva Dryer, American 1.5K/5K runner, born in Durango, Colorado
  • Sep 26 Patterson Thompson, West Indies cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996), born in Saint Michael, Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, English cricket batsman (7 Tests; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 84
  • Sep 3 Veronica Turleigh, Irish actress (Promoter), dies at 68
  • Sep 3 David Street [Patrick Devlin], American actor and singer (Moonrise; I Surrender Dear; Broadway Open House), dies of cancer at 53
  • Sep 5 Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), dies at 63
  • Sep 5 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), commits suicide at 42
  • Sep 10 Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Italian actress (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge), dies of barbiturate overdose at 39
  • Sep 11 Percy Helton, American actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men), dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • Sep 13 Nelly A "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Silent Waters), dies at 72
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • Sep 16 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Giorgos Seferis [Giōrgios Stylianou Seferiadēs], Greek writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1963) and diplomat, dies at 71
  • Sep 20 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Sep 20 William F. Albright, American old testament scholar and archaeologist, dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947), dies at 84
  • Sep 22 Joseph Ford McGuinn, American director and actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), dies of heart attack at 67
  • Sep 22 Yvonne St Clair, American dancer, dies at 57
  • Sep 23 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • Sep 23 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, dies at 83
  • Sep 25 T. C. Jones, American female impersonator, dies of cancer at 50
  • Sep 26 Muriel Kirkland, actress (Nana, Fast Workers), dies of emphysema at 68