On This Day

What Happened in September 1980

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Dutch embassy in Israel moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv


Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,103,787

  • Sep 1 Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope ends in Thunder Bay, Ontario with Fox unable to continue because of illness

Sports History

Sep 2 Australian cricket batsman Kim Hughes becomes 3rd player to bat on all 5 days of a Test match as the rain affected Centenary Test peters out to a draw at Lord's; BBC's John Arlott calls his final match

  • Sep 4 Yes performs its last concert at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 5 Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • Sep 5 World's longest road tunnel, St Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
  • Sep 6 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets women's 100k world record (7h 27m 22s) in Amiens, France
  • Sep 6 US College football longest losing streak of 50 games ends for Macalester College (St. Paul)
  • Sep 6 Susan Powell (Okla), 21, crowned 53rd Miss America 1981
  • Sep 6 Macalaster U of St Paul, Minn beating Mount Senario 17-14

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: In the centenary women's singles final, Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her 5th US title; beats Hana Mandlíková 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

  • Sep 7 32nd Emmy Awards: "Taxi"; "Lou Grant"; Ed Asner & Barbara Bel Geddes win. Notable for going ahead despite 51 of the 52 nominated performers boycotting the event due to a strike by members of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Sep 7 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • Sep 7 Earnest Gray becomes 2nd NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs St Louis)
  • Sep 7 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: In centenary men's singles final John McEnroe retains title; beats Björn Borg 7-6, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4

Sports History

Sep 8 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest

  • Sep 10 Expos Bill Gullickson, sets rookie record of striking out 18
  • Sep 10 Peter Comita replaces Tom Peterson of Cheap Trick
  • Sep 11 Chile adopts its constitution
  • Sep 11 Ron LeFlore (91st) & Rodney Scott (58th), set teammate steal record
  • Sep 12 Military coup under General Kenan Evren in Turkey
  • Sep 13 1st United Negro College Fund
  • Sep 13 5th Toronto International Film Festival: "Bad Timing" directed by Nicolas Roeg wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 14 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 14 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions

Music Single

Sep 15 Paul McCartney releases single "Temporary Secretary"

Film Premiere

Sep 17 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

  • Sep 17 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • Sep 17 South Korea opposition leader Kim Dae Jung sentenced to death
  • Sep 17 Oak A's Rick Langford is removed with 2 outs in 9th inning ending his consecutive complete-game streak at 22
  • Sep 17 Iraq breaks 1975 treaty with Iran and proclaims sovereignty over Shatt al-Arab waterway

Historic Event

Sep 17 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

  • Sep 18 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • Sep 18 Royals Willie Wilson steals AL-record 28 consecutive base
  • Sep 18 Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Sep 19 Titan II missile explosion (Damascus, AR)

Film Release

Sep 19 "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford and starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch is released (Best Picture 1981)

  • Sep 20 Bronze plaque dedicated to memory of catcher Thurman Munson unveiled at Yankee Stadium: Munson died in plane crash in 1979

Sports History

Sep 20 George Brett goes 0-for-4 dropping his avg below .400 for good

  • Sep 20 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out

Album Release

Sep 20 "Blizzard of Ozz", the debut solo album by English rock musician Ozzy Osbourne, is released in the United Kingdom

  • Sep 21 LA Ram Johnnie Johnson scores a 99 yard interception
  • Sep 21 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
  • Sep 21 Kerry GAA beat Roscommon GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 1-9 to 1-6 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • Sep 22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway

Contract of Interest

Sep 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records

  • Sep 23 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens

Music Concert

Sep 23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

  • Sep 24 Braves join every NL team with 1,000,000+ attendance for this season
  • Sep 24 Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan

Film & TV History

Sep 25 Chevy Chase calls Cary Grant a homo on Tomorrow show, a lawsuit follows

  • Sep 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Sep 25 Jerry Mumphrey joins Ozzie Smith and Gene Richards to steal 50 bases this year for Padres

  • Sep 25 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • Sep 26 Bomb attack on Octoberfest in Munich, 12 killed
  • Sep 26 Cuban government closes Mariel Harbor ending "freedom flotilla"
  • Sep 26 Soyuz 38 returns to Earth
  • Sep 27 WHOT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM
  • Sep 27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • Sep 28 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Sep 28 Carl Sagan's 13 part "Cosmos" premieres on PBS
  • Sep 28 Jaromir Wagner is 1st to fly Atlantic standing on wing
  • Sep 28 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit
  • Sep 29 Malcolm McDowell wed Mary Steenburgen
  • Sep 30 1,754 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium

Baseball Record

Sep 30 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson sets AL stolen base record with his 97th in A's 5-1 win over Chicago White Sox; breaks Ty Cobb's mark of 96 set in 1915

Historic Event

Sep 30 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Historic Publication

Sep 30 Ethernet specifications published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Sammy Adjei, Ghanaian soccer goalkeeper (38 caps; FC Ironi Ashdod), born in Accra, Ghana
  • Sep 2 Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese racing driver
  • Sep 2 Dany Sabourin, French Canadian Goaltender in the National Hockey League
  • Sep 3 The B.G. [Christopher Dorsey], American rapper, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 3 Daniel Ruben Bilos, Argentinian footballer, born in Pergamino, Argentina
  • Sep 3 (Jason) "Cone" McCaslin, Canadian punk rock bassist (Sum 41), born in North York, Ontario
  • Sep 3 Jennie Finch, American softball player (Olympic Gold 2004, Silver 2008), born in La Mirada, California
  • Sep 4 Hitomi Shimatani, Japanese pop singer, born in Kure, Japan
  • Sep 4 Pat Neshek, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 4 Tamika Mallory, American activist and founder of Mallory Consulting, born in New York City, New York
  • Sep 5 Franco Costanzo, Argentinian football goalkeeper, born in Río Cuarto, Argentina
  • Sep 6 Samuel Peter, Nigerian-American heavyweight boxer, born in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yobo, Nigerian footballer (Nigerian national team captain), born in Kono, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Sep 6 Jillian Hall, American professional wrestler, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Sep 6 Kerry Katona, British singer-songwriter (Atomic Kitten), born in Warrington, Cheshire, England
  • Sep 7 Gabriel Milito, Argentine soccer defender (42 caps; Independiente, Zaragoza), born in Bernal, Argentina
  • Sep 7 Javad Nekounam, Iranian soccer midfielder (151 caps; Pas, Osasuna), born in Rey, Iran
  • Sep 7 Mark Prior, American baseball player, coach (Chicago Cubs), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 7 Sara Carrigan, Australian cyclist (Olympic gold, road race 2004), born in Gunnedah, New South Wales
  • Sep 8 Teruyuki Moniwa, Japanese footballer, born in Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Sep 9 Todd Coffey, American baseball player, born in Forest City, North Carolina

Michelle Williams

Sep 9 Michelle Williams, American actress (Dawson's Creek), born in Kalispell, Montana

  • Sep 10 Timothy Goebel, American figure skater (first to land quadruple salchow jump; Olympic bronze 2002; World C'ship silver 2002, 03), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Sep 10 [Michael] Mikey Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • Sep 11 Antônio Pizzonia, Brazilian race car driver, born in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
  • Sep 11 Mike Comrie, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Sep 12 Fernando César de Souza, Brazilian footballer, born in Jardinopolis, Brazil
  • Sep 12 Gus G., Greek guitarist (Firewind, Dream Evil), born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 12 Sean Burroughs, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 12 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player, born in Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 12 Yao Ming, Chinese basketball player, born in Shanghai
  • Sep 13 Ben Savage, American actor (Little Monsters, Wild Palms), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 13 Evangelos Nastos, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Sep 13 Han Chae-young, South Korean actress, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Sep 13 Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese baseball player, born in Aomori, Japan
  • Sep 13 Michelle Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • Sep 13 Teppei Teranishi, American guitarist (Thrice), born in California
  • Sep 15 David Diehl, American football player (NY Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 15 Jolin Tsai, Taiwanese pop singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Sep 15 Mike Dunleavy, Jr., American basketball player and manager (Golden State Warriors), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Sep 16 Patrik Štefan, Czech ice hockey player, born in Příbram, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 17 Asashoryu Akinori, Mongolian sumo wrestler (born as Dolgorsuren Dagvador)
  • Sep 17 Danny Haren, American baseball player
  • Sep 18 Avi Strool, Israeli footballer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Sep 18 Charles Hedger, British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • Sep 18 Chris Tarrant, Australian Rules football player, born in Mildura, Australia
  • Sep 18 Adeel Akhtar, English actor (Murdered by My Father), born in London, England
  • Sep 19 Sara Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Sep 19 Tegan Quin, Canadian singer and songwriter (Tegan and Sara), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Sep 20 Vladimir Karpets, Russian cyclist
  • Sep 20 Mariacarla Boscono, Italian fashion model
  • Sep 20 Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
  • Sep 21 Robert Hoffman, American actor
  • Sep 21 Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress (3 Idiots), born in Bombay, India
  • Sep 21 Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Sep 21 Aleksa Palladino, American actress
  • Sep 21 Autumn Reeser, American actress
  • Sep 21 Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • Sep 22 Fernanda Tavares, Brazilian supermodel, born in Natal, Brazil
  • Sep 23 Cameron Litvack, American television producer
  • Sep 24 Petri Pasanen, Finnish footballer, born in Lahti, Findland
  • Sep 24 John Arne Riise, Norwegian footballer, born in Molde, Norway
  • Sep 24 Daniele Bennati, Italian professional road racing cyclist, born in Arezzo, Italy
  • Sep 24 Dean Canto, Australian racing driver (Supercars), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 25 T.I. [Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.], American rapper and actor (Bring Em Out, Dead and Gone), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 26 Patrick Friesacher, Austrian race car driver, born in Wolfsberg, Austria
  • Sep 26 Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Swedish ice hockey players, born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
  • Sep 29 Dallas Green, Canadian musician (Alexisonfire, City and Colour), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Sep 29 Zachary Levi [Pugh], American actor (Chuck), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Sep 29 Patrick Agyemang, English footballer, born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Icelandic composer (Aequora; Kom vinur), born in Iceland
  • Sep 29 Chrissy Metz, American actress and singer (This Is Us), born in Homestead, Florida

Martina Hingis

Sep 30 Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Košice, Slovakia

  • Sep 30 Camilla D'Errico, Canadian comic book artist and painter
  • Sep 30 Virgil Abloh, American designer (Louis Vuitton menswear), 1st African American artistic director at a French fashion house, born in Rockford, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Theresa May

Sep 6 81st Prime Minister of UK Theresa May nee Brasier (23) weds investment banker Philip May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Wheatley, Oxfordshire

Famous Divorces

Michael Crichton

Sep 5 Lawyer Kathleen St. Johns divorces best-selling author Michael Crichton (37) after nearly 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, American composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Barbara O'Neil, American actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas), dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (Cisco Kid, Guns of Fury), dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Sep 3 Fabian von Schlabendorff, German resistance fighter/judge, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), dies of a myocardial infarction at 54
  • Sep 4 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Barbara Loden, American actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies of cancer at 48
  • Sep 5 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, dies of leukemia at 56
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • Sep 8 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84

Willard Libby

Sep 8 Willard Libby, American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

  • Sep 8 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
  • Sep 9 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • Sep 9 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), dies at 78
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, Venezuelan composer, teacher, and choral director, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist ("Peace Piece"; "Waltz For Debbie"), dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Sep 17 Katherine A Porter, American author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Katherine Anne Porter, American writer (Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, Canadian organist, organ designer, and composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Willem Ravelli, Dutch baritone singer (St Matthew Passion), dies at 88

John Bonham

Sep 25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

  • Sep 25 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • Sep 25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet, dies at 97
  • Sep 25 Earl Roy Curry, religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer, dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), dies at 97