On This Day

What Happened in September 1978

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • Sep 1 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

  • Sep 2 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 2 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Sep 3 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • Sep 3 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Sep 5 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter begin Egypt-Isreal peace conference at Camp David

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 1st game of Boston Massacre, NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 15-3
  • Sep 8 2nd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 13-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Sep 9 3rd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-0

  • Sep 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • Sep 9 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an uprising in the Iranian army
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Chris Evert wins her 4th straight US singles title; beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4; first time event played on hard courts

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 10 Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")
  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-4 to tie for AL East 1st place; Yanks out hit arch rivals, 67-21; score 42-9

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Sep 11 The last known person dies of smallpox - medical photographer Janet Parker through infection in a laboratory, in Birmingham, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny Devito

  • Sep 13 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • Sep 13 New York Yankees recover from 14 games behind to gain sole possession of AL East 1st place with 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit
  • Sep 14 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
  • Sep 14 Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • Sep 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • Sep 15 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 15 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 16 New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2; at Yankee Stadium; Blue Bombers 6th win over arch rivals in 2 weeks
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 17 After 6 losses to the New York Yankees in September, the Boston Red Sox finally score a 7-3 win over their arch rivals at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 18 All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • Sep 20 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, opens at Ambassador Theater, New York City
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 20 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • Sep 21 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes are destroyed
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 22 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit
  • Sep 23 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Anwar Sadat home from Camp David peace summit
  • Sep 24 Dutch women hockey team wins world championship
  • Sep 24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • Sep 26 RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
  • Sep 26 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • Sep 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 28 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • Sep 28 Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 28 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • Sep 30 Phillies clinch NL East title
  • Sep 30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Max Vieri, Australian soccer player
  • Sep 1 Lucie Blackman, English murder victim (d. 2000)
  • Sep 2 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), born in Newport, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Sep 3 John Curtis, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • Sep 3 Paul Moor, English ten-pin bowler, born in Kingston-upon-Hull, England
  • Sep 3 Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player, born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 3 Nick Wechsler, American actor (Roswell), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Sep 3 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist/musician (Windir), born in Sogndal, Norway (d. 2004)
  • Sep 4 Christian Walz, Swedish artist, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 4 Wes Bentley, American actor, born in Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Sep 5 Laura Bertram, Canadian actress (Trance Gemini-Andromeda), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 5 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Sep 5 Zhang Zhong, Chinese-Singaporean chess player, born in Chongqing, China
  • Sep 5 Sylvester Joseph, West Indian cricketer, born in New Winthorpes, Antigua
  • Sep 6 Natalia Cigliuti, Uruguayan-American actress (Lindsay-Saved By Bell: New Class), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Sep 6 Cisco Adler, American singer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 6 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Sep 6 Mathew Horne, English actor (Gavin & Stacey), born in Nottingham, England
  • Sep 6 Tony Thaxton, American drummer (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Sep 7 Adrian [General Austin] Witcher, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Sep 7 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer, born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Sep 8 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer, born in Manlleu, Spain
  • Sep 8 Gil Meche, American baseball player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Shane Battier, American basketball player, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Sep 9 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player, born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • Sep 11 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer (Serbia National Team captain), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Sep 11 Ed Reed, American football player (Baltimore Ravens), born in St. Rose, Louisiana
  • Sep 11 Ben Lee, Australian musician and actor (The Rage in Placid Lake), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 12 Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and actress, born in Sassari, Italy
  • Sep 12 Ben McKenzie, American actor (Gotham), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 12 Michael Paget, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, South Wales
  • Sep 12 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sep 13 Megan Henning, American actress (I Know Who Killed Me), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sep 13 Darren Kenton, English footballer (Norwich City), born in Wandsworth, England
  • Sep 13 Swizz Beatz [Kasseem Dean], American rapper and record producer (Full Surface Records), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 14 Carmen Kass, Estonian model (estimated to have been the second-highest-paid model in the world in 2002), born in Talinn, Estonia
  • Sep 14 Danielle Peck, American country music singer (Findin' a Good Man), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Sep 14 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • Sep 14 Ron DeSantis, American politician, Governor of Florida (2019-), Rep-D-Florida (2013-18), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 15 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • Sep 16 Dan Dickau, American basketball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 16 Matthew Rogers, American TV host and country singer, born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 16 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 2020)
  • Sep 17 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 18 Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer, born in Bangangté, Cameroon
  • Sep 18 Pilar López de Ayala, Spanish actress (Juana la Loca), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 19 Michelle Alves, Brazilian supermodel, born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
  • Sep 19 Nick Johnson, American baseball player, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • Sep 19 Nigel Mitchell, English TV presenter (Quizmania and Capital Disney), born in Kingston Upon Thames, England
  • Sep 20 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Patrizio Buanne, Austrian-Italian singer and guitarist, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 20 Sarit Hadad [Sarah Hudadatov], Israeli pop and Mizrahi singer, born in Afula, Israel
  • Sep 20 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • Sep 20 Dante Hall, American football player
  • Sep 21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 22 Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer
  • Sep 22 Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player
  • Sep 23 Worm Miller, American filmmaker
  • Sep 23 Keri Lynn Pratt, American actress
  • Sep 24 Tarek Saab, American TV show contestant (The Apprentice), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Sep 24 Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Sep 25 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer, born in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
  • Sep 25 Jodie Kidd, English model, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 25 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • Sep 27 Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • Sep 27 Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • Sep 28 Marzena Godecki, actress (Ocean Girl)
  • Sep 28 Bushido [Anis Ferchichi], German rapper, born in Bonn, West Germany
  • Sep 29 Gunner McGrath, American guitarist (Much the Same)
  • Sep 29 Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer
  • Sep 30 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 2 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 2 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Actress Meryl Streep (29) weds sculptor Don Gummer (31) in Mason's Island, Connecticut

Actress Meryl Streep
Actress
Meryl Streep

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies as a result of anorexia nervosa at 33
  • Sep 5 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • Sep 6 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)
  • Sep 6 Adolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder sportswear company Adidas), dies at 78

Person of interestKeith Moon

Sep 7 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Sep 8 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), dies at 54
  • Sep 9 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • Sep 10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1971, 78), dies in crash during Italian F1 GP at 34
  • Sep 11 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Janet Parker, English medical photographer, the last person to die of smallpox, dies at 40
  • Sep 12 Frank Ferguson, American character actor (Gus Broeberg-My Friend Flicka, Eli Carson-Peyton Place), dies of cancer at 78
  • Sep 15 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • Sep 19 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, dies at 94
  • Sep 22 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • Sep 23 Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • Sep 23 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • Sep 24 Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Sep 24 Hasso von Manteuffel, German WWII general (5th Panzer Army) and politician, dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • Sep 26 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), dies at 91
  • Sep 28 Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciani], 263rd Roman Catholic Pope, dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • Sep 30 Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75