On This Day

What Happened in September 1979

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • Sep 1 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
  • Sep 1 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings

Music History

Sep 1 U2 releases 1st record, an EP titled 'U2-3', available only in Ireland

  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 2 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Canterbury GC: Mark O'Meara wins 8 & 7 over John Cook
  • Sep 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquers Mahabad

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

Sports History

Sep 4 Sunil Gavaskar scores his third double century in Test cricket (221) to guide India to a famous draw against England in the 4th Test at The Oval

  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquers Baneh
  • Sep 5 Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)
  • Sep 5 Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale

Historic Event

Sep 5 Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey

  • Sep 5 Iranian army occupies Piranshahr

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 5 American Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve and upsets top-seed Björn Borg 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the US Open Tennis quarterfinals

  • Sep 6 Musical "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, New York
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

  • Sep 9 South African Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; first RSA champion
  • Sep 9 British film "The Bitch" starring Joan Collins, a sequel to "The Stud", both based on novels by her sister Jackie Collins, premieres in UK
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Baseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

  • Sep 12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Sep 13 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of South Africa)
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks
  • Sep 14 The film "Quadrophenia", loosely based on The Who's 1973 rock opera of the same name, is released.
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 Ryder Cup Golf, The Greenbrier: US wins, 17-11; new Team Europe replaces Great Britain & Ireland as official opposition to the United States
  • Sep 16 Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 16 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • Sep 16 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • Sep 17 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")

Baseball Record

Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden

Music Concert

Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Bonnie Raitt; Crosby, Stills & Nash: Jackson Browne; and The Doobie Brothers

  • Sep 20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Sep 20 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • Sep 20 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Sep 20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • Sep 20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • Sep 21 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots eject safely, but three people killed and several injured when one of the aircraft destroys 3 dwellings

Historic Publication

Sep 21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

  • Sep 22 Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH

Film & TV History

Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

  • Sep 23 Somali constitution approved by president
  • Sep 23 St Louis MLB legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career
  • Sep 24 CompuServe begins offering a dial-up online information service to consumers, marketed as MicroNET [1]
  • Sep 24 Ghana adopts constitution

Sports History

Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education

Music History

Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 29 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • Sep 29 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • Sep 29 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • Sep 29 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12

Music History

Sep 29 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • Sep 29 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • Sep 29 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • Sep 29 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • Sep 29 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
  • Sep 29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • Sep 29 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong
  • Sep 29 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival
  • Sep 29 LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit

Papal Visit

Sep 29 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 2 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 2 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • Sep 3 Tomo Miličević, Croatian-born American musician (30 Seconds to Mars), born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 4 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese classical, religious, film and video game composer (Requiem to Inês de Castro), born in Funchal, Portugal
  • Sep 4 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Sep 4 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 4 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sep 4 Poo Bear [Jason Boyd], American songwriter and record producer (Justin Bieber; Lupe Fiasco; Mariah Carey; Zac Brown), born in New Haven Connecticut
  • Sep 5 John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Sep 5 Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster, born in Collingwood, Canada
  • Sep 5 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Sep 6 Dzyanis Kowba, Belarusian soccer defensive midfielder (36 caps; PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara 247 games), born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2021)
  • Sep 6 Massimo Maccarone, Italian footballer, born in Galliate, Italy
  • Sep 6 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican soccer midfielder (8 caps; Morelia 382 games, born in La Piedad, Mexico
  • Sep 6 Foxy Brown [Inga Marchand], Trinidadian-American rapper (Ill Na Na, Broken Silence), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 6 Brandon Silvestry, American professional wrestler (Low Ki), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 7 Pavol & Peter Hochschorner, Slovak slalom canoists, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

P!nk

Sep 8 P!nk [Alecia Beth Moore], American singer ("Get the Party Started"; "Try"; "Just Give Me A Reason"), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania

  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor (All My Children), and singer, born in Renton, Washington
  • Sep 11 Ariana Richards, American actress (Spaced Invaders, Prancer), born in Healdsburg, California
  • Sep 11 Nathan Gale, American murderer (Heavy metal Pantera's concert murder), born in Marysville, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • Sep 11 Frank Francisco, Dominican Major League Baseball pitcher, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Sep 11 Steve Hofstetter, American comedian & radio personality, born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 11 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer (Roma), born in Valparaíso, Chile
  • Sep 13 Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic), born in Heuvelland, Belgium
  • Sep 13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player, born in Niška Banja, Serbia
  • Sep 14 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman athlete (d. 2007)
  • Sep 15 Dave Annable, American actor (Bothers and Sisters), born in Suffern, New York
  • Sep 15 Amy Davidson, American actress (8 Simple Rules), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 15 Carlos Ruiz 'the Little Fish', Guatemalan football player, born in Guatemala City
  • Sep 15 Patrick Marleau, Canadian NHL ice hockey forward, since 1997 (San Jose Sharks, and 2 other teams), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan
  • Sep 16 Bobby Korecky, American MLB baseball player, born in Hillside, New Jersey
  • Sep 17 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • Sep 17 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • Sep 17 Chuck Comeau, Canadian drummer (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 17 Flo Rida [Tramar Dillard], American rapper, born in Carol City, Florida
  • Sep 17 Billy Miller, actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 18 Alison Lohman, American actress, born in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 18 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer, born in Logroño, Spain
  • Sep 19 Dannielle Brent, British actress (Bad Girls), born in Rush Green, London
  • Sep 19 Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel and actress, born in Les Ulis, France
  • Sep 20 Sean Davis, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland

Chris Gayle

Sep 21 Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

  • Sep 21 Julian Gray, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • Sep 22 Emilie Autumn {Liddell], American singer-songwriter, violinist, and harpsichordist (Fight Like A Girl), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 22 Michael Graziadei, American actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Germany
  • Sep 23 Red, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 23 Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • Sep 23 Bryant McKinnie, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • Sep 24 Fábio Aurélio, Brazilian footballer (Liverpool), born in São Carlos, Brazil
  • Sep 24 Ross Mathews, American television personality and comedian (The Tonight Show), born in Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Sep 24 Justin Bruening, American actor (All My Children), born in St. Helena, Nebraska
  • Sep 26 Jaycie Phelps, American gymnast (Olympic gold team 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Sep 26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • Sep 26 Jon Harley, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • Sep 27 Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Zita Görög, Hungarian actress and model
  • Sep 27 Christian Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 27 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Sep 28 Anndi Lynn McAfee, actress (Ice Cream Man, Conagher)
  • Sep 28 Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • Sep 29 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 30 Andy van der Meyde, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 30 Clio-Danae Othoneou, Greek actress, musician and pianist, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 30 Vince Chong, Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter and actor, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Famous Weddings

Cat Stevens

Sep 9 British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (31) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque, in London


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian pro-Nazi politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, Italian Cardinal and former head of the Vatican Bank, dies at 95
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 7 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), dies at 86
  • Sep 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, and musicologist, dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", dies of emphysema at 56
  • Sep 9 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), dies at 65
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), dies at 56
  • Sep 10 Stanyslav Lyudkevych, Ukranian composer, and musicologist, dies at 100
  • Sep 10 Stanislaw Lyudkevich, Ukranian composer, dies at 100
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, French composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti [Tomaso Lionetti], American singer ("Free"), songwriter ("My City of Sydney"), and actor (Gomer Pyle, USMC), dies of cancer at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, Communist president of Afghanistan (1978-79), murdered by order from his successor, Hafizullah Amin, at 62
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), dies at 83
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • Sep 28 John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist, and space researcher, dies at 58