On This Day

What Happened in September 1972

Historical Events

Sports History

Sep 1 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 1 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • Sep 1 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of teammates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • Sep 1 Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • Sep 1 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • Sep 2 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0

#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit single in the UK, "You Wear it Well"

  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb
  • Sep 2 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker John Hencken beats David Wilkie of Great Britain to win the 200m gold medal in world record 2:21.55 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker Cathy Carr swims a world record 1:13.58 to win the 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • Sep 2 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • Sep 3 Jerry Grant runs the first official 200mph qualifying lap in Champ Car history, posting a lap of 201.414mph around Ontario Motor Speedway

Baseball Record

Sep 3 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies

  • Sep 3 Swedish swimmer Gunnar Larsson wraps up the Olympic medley double when he sets world record 2:07.17 in the 200m I/M in Munich, having already won the 400m I/M

World Record

Sep 3 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78

  • Sep 3 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 American women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Melissa Belote, Cathy Carr, Deena Deardurff & Sandy Neilson swim world record 4:20.75 to beat East Germany for gold at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 Finnish runner Lasse Virén scores a famous victory in the 10,000m at the Munich Olympics in world record 27:38.35
  • Sep 3 Great Britain's Mary Peters sets a new world record of 4801 points to win the Munich Olympics pentathlon gold by just 10 points from Heide Rosendahl of West Germany
  • Sep 4 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Telethon

Sep 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC

  • Sep 4 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America
  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 4 Soviet sprinter Valeriy Borzov runs 20.00 to win the men's 200m gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up the 100/200m double at the Games
  • Sep 4 Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino follows his 1,500m gold in Mexico City with an Olympic record 8:23.64 to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • Sep 4 Willem Ruska of the Netherlands wins gold medals in both the heavyweight & open class Olympic judo competitions in Munich; first judoka to win 2 Olympic gold medals at one Games
  • Sep 4 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium
  • Sep 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organization
  • Sep 7 American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • Sep 7 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 American athletes Vincent Matthews & Wayne Collett finish 1-2 in 400m at the Munich Olympics; acted casually on the medal stand, did not face the flag during anthem; banned from the Olympics for life
  • Sep 7 Future world professional cycling road race champion Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands wins the road race gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 4:14:37
  • Sep 8 Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
  • Sep 8 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • Sep 8 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats teammate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • Sep 8 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • Sep 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5

  • Sep 9 Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 9 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • Sep 9 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich
  • Sep 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title

  • Sep 10 American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • Sep 10 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich
  • Sep 10 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • Sep 10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • Sep 10 Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • Sep 10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • Sep 11 XX Summer Olympic Games close in Munich, German FR
  • Sep 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 12 Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as President International Olympic Committee
  • Sep 12 TV sitcom "Maude", a spin-off of "All In The Family", starring Bea Arthur and Bill Macy premieres on CBS
  • Sep 14 "The Waltons" TV program premieres on CBS starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, and Will Geer
  • Sep 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 14 2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • Sep 15 An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage, "Bridget Loves Bernie" premieres

TV Show Appearance

Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

  • Sep 17 BART begins passenger service in San Francisco
  • Sep 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda

Television Debut

Sep 17 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire is Art Williams for Los Angeles vs San Diego
  • Sep 19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

Music History

Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm

  • Sep 20 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • Sep 20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

Historic Event

Sep 21 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep)

  • Sep 21 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos announces state of emergency and declares martial law
  • Sep 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • Sep 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)

Sports History

Sep 24 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Baltimore Colts (44-34)

  • Sep 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • Sep 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • Sep 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Josh Davis, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100/200m freestyle relay/4x100m medley relay 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 1 Louise Dobson, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic gold 1996; Champions Trophy gold 1997, 99, 2003), born in Shepparton, Australia
  • Sep 1 Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • Sep 2 James Willis, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 2 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • Sep 3 Antonius Bonner, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 3 Martin Straka, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Rep), born in Plzeň, Czechoslavakia
  • Sep 3 Shim Eun-ha, South Korean actress (Christmas in August), born in Seongnam, South Korea
  • Sep 4 Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 4 Danny Ponce, American actor (Willie-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Sep 4 Jason Fisk, American football defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Davis, California
  • Sep 4 Norman Hand, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Queens, New York (d. 2010)
  • Sep 4 Françoise Yip, Canadian actress, born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Sep 5 Dirk Copeland, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 5 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Sep 6 Eric Zeier, American NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Sep 6 China Miéville, English fantasy fiction writer (Perdido Street Station), born in Norwich, England
  • Sep 6 Justina Machado, Puerto Rican actress (Six Feet Under), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 6 Anika Noni Rose, American actress (Dreamgirls) and singer, born in Bloomfield, Connecticut

Idris Elba

Sep 6 Idris Elba, English actor (The Wire, Luther), born in London, England

  • Sep 6 Dylan Bruno, American actor (Numb3rs), born in Milford, Connecticut
  • Sep 7 Cedric Davis, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brandon, Florida
  • Sep 7 Jason Isringhausen, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Brighton, Illinois
  • Sep 7 Willy Tate, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs), born in Montana, California
  • Sep 8 Cari Shayne, American actress (Karen Cates-General Hospital), born in Sellersville, Tennessee
  • Sep 8 Trent McCleary, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Swift Current, Canada
  • Sep 8 Markus Babbel, German football player and coach, born in Munich, West Germany
  • Sep 8 Giovanni Frezza, Italian actor, born in Potenza, Italy
  • Sep 8 Kennedy [Lisa Kennedy Montgomery], American political commentator and television personality, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 8 Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor, born in Kōtō, Tokyo
  • Sep 8 Phil Laak, Irish-American professional poker player, born in Dublin
  • Sep 8 Lance Bangs, American filmmaker and music video director, born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 9 Ben Bronson, American football wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Jasper, Texas
  • Sep 9 Mike Hampton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1999, 2001; Gold Glove Award 2003; 5 × Silver Slugger Award; NL wins leader 1999; Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Sep 9 Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player, born in Berlicum, Netherlands
  • Sep 9 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader, born in Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Sep 9 Goran Višnjić, Croatian actor, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • Sep 10 James Duval, American actor (Donnie Darko), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 10 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sep 11 Kip Simons, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Media, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 11 Mark Pope, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 11 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian-Australian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Sep 12 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, born in Bangladesh (d. 2015)
  • Sep 14 David Bell, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 14 Donnell Bennett, American NFL fullback (KC Chiefs), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sep 15 Jimmy Carr, English comedian (8 Out of 10 Cats), born in London, England
  • Sep 15 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • Sep 15 Queen Letizia of Spain, Spanish consort to King Felipe VI, born in Oviedo, Spain
  • Sep 16 Don Sasa, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in American Samoa
  • Sep 16 Mark Bruener, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • Sep 16 Ramon van Haaren, Dutch soccer player (RKC), born in Waalwijk, Netherlands
  • Sep 16 Shalane McCall, American child actress (Charlie Wade-Dallas), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 16 Steve Russ, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Stetsonville, Wisconsin
  • Sep 17 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 17 Bobby Lee, American comedian
  • Sep 18 François Gesthuizen, Dutch soccer player (PSV, NAC), born in Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • Sep 18 Michael Landes, American actor (American Summer), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 18 Richard Huntley, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • Sep 18 Brigitte Becue, Belgian swimmer (Olympics 1988, silver), born in Ostend, Belgium
  • Sep 18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • Sep 19 Amy Frazier, American tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 19 David Tamburrino, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric van de Merwe, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Sep 19 Fred McCrary, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Naples, Florida
  • Sep 19 N.K. Jemison, American science fiction and fantasy author (The Fifth Season), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Sep 20 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Vance Joseph, American NFL cornerback and safety (NY Jets), born in Marrero, Louisiana
  • Sep 21 Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 21 Liam Gallagher, British singer and songwriter (Oasis - "Wonderwall"; Beady Eye), born in Burnage, Manchester, England
  • Sep 21 David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn), born in San Leandro, California
  • Sep 23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • Sep 23 Jermaine Dupri, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Sep 24 Esther Budiardjo, Indonesian concert pianist (William Kapell Competition, 1996), born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sep 26 Mark Haslam, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992), born in Bury, United Kingdom
  • Sep 26 Shawn Stockman, American soul singer (Boyz II Men -"I'll Make Love To You", songwriter ("Visions Of A Sunset"), and record producer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 26 Beto O'Rourke, American politician (Rep (D) Texas 2013-19), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 27 Clara Hughes, cyclist (Olympics 2 bronze-96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gwyneth Paltrow

Sep 27 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress (Pallbearer, Emma, Hard Eight), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Sep 27 Laurie Shepard, Cordele, GA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Sep 27 Malachy Loye, cricketer (Northamptonshire & England "A" batsman)
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
  • Sep 27 Craig L. Rice, American Politician
  • Sep 27 Bibian Mentel-Spee, Dutch para-snowboarding athlete (Winter Paralympics gold snowboard cross 2014, 18; banked slalom 2018; 5 x gold World C'ship), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2021)
  • Sep 28 Cathy Caverzasio, Swiss tennis star
  • Sep 28 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 28 Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist
  • Sep 29 Butler By'not'e, American NFL running back (Carolina Panthers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 29 Jörgen Jönsson, Swedish retired ice hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998), born in Ängelholm, Sweden
  • Sep 29 Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer (Jeremy "Jez" Usborne- "Peep Show"), born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • Sep 29 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • Sep 30 Cedric Saunders, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs, Scotland Claymores)
  • Sep 30 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 30 Troy Dumas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 30 Ari Behn, Norwegian author

Famous Divorces

Phil Hartman

Sep 19 Actor Phil Hartman (23) divorces Gretchen Lewis after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer ("Dusty Rag"), dies at 84
  • Sep 1 Kees Posthumus, Dutch chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 5 Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish pianist, composer - one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), and pedagogue, dies from a stroke at 66
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), dies at 85
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • Sep 21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, Belgian-born South African literary figure, dies at 53
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 23 Calvin Frazier, American country and Detroit blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("This Old World's In A Tangle"), dies of cancer at 57
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, American actor (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • Sep 28 Rory Storm [Alan Caldwell], Brirish rock singer (Rory Storm & the Hurricanes), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 34
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66