On This Day

What Happened in September 1981

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Fast bowler Terry Alderman takes his 42nd wicket of the series on the last day of the 5th cricket Test vs England at The Oval; haul remains record by an Australian bowler in England; England wins series 3-1
  • Sep 1 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Sep 1 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 1 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • Sep 1 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • Sep 1 Mike Brearley's last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England's 3-1 series win confirmed

Appointment of Interest

Sep 1 Uruguay's Ruling Council names Gregorio Álvarez as transitional President (he rules till 1985)

  • Sep 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3 Longest MLB game in Fenway Park history is suspended after 19 innings at Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7; Mariners win 8-7 in 20 the following morning
  • Sep 4 Longest MLB game at Fenway Park ends in 20 innings; Seattle Mariners beat Boston Red Sox, 8-7

Film & TV History

Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

  • Sep 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 6 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • Sep 6 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts

Telethon

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000

  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 8 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses" created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Sports History

Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

The Smurfs TV Debut

Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

  • Sep 12 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand: "All hell breaks loose" as anti-tour supporters fight police and planes flour-bomb the deciding third match won by the All Blacks 25-22 [1]
  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: "Taxi", "Hill Street Blues"; Judd Hirsch and Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins 3rd straight US title; beats Björn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in Borg's last Grand Slam match

  • Sep 14 Judge Wapner & People's Court premiere on TV
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV

Historic Event

Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

Catholic Encyclical

Sep 15 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

  • Sep 15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.

Sports History

Sep 17 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season

  • Sep 18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19 Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • Sep 19 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert for an audience estimated at 500,000 members
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award

Ryder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Walton Heath GC: US wins 18½-9½; 6th and final Ryder Cup for Jack Nicklaus as a player; wins all 4 of his matches

  • Sep 20 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • Sep 21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK

Baseball Record

Sep 21 MLB Philadelphia Phillies lefthander Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

Sports History

Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

  • Sep 25 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances
  • Sep 27 Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • Sep 28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City

Music Single

Sep 28 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

  • Sep 30 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • Sep 30 International Olympic Committee votes to award Seoul, South Korea as host of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games
  • Sep 30 French parliament votes to abolish the death penalty, led by Minister of Justice Robert Badinter

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Clinton Portis, American football running back (Pro Bowl 2003, 08; Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • Sep 2 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Sep 2 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director and producer
  • Sep 2 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • Sep 2 Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • Sep 3 Fearne Cotton, British television presenter (Top of the Pops, Radio 1), born in London, England
  • Sep 4 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia

Beyoncé

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, producer and actress (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American rock singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Sep 5 Drew Carter, American football player, born in Solon, Ohio
  • Sep 5 Filippo Volandri, Italian tennis player, born in Livorno, Italy
  • Sep 6 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong Cantopop singer, born in Shanghai, China
  • Sep 6 Mark Teahen, American-Canadian baseball player, born in Redlands, California
  • Sep 7 Gökhan Zan, Turkish footballer, born in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey
  • Sep 7 Paul McCoy, American rock vocalist (12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor (Home Improvement), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 8 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer (Tromsø), born in Vadsø, Norway
  • Sep 8 Alex Lofoco, Italian jazz-fusion bassist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 8 Etsuko Tajima, Japanese jazz pianist, and composer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 9 Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress, born in Lanús Oeste, Argentina
  • Sep 11 Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer (Piacenza), born in Lodi, Italy
  • Sep 11 Dylan Klebold, American Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • Sep 11 Charles Kelley, American country singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Sep 12 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (with partner Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California

Jennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American Academy and Grammy Award-winning actress (Dreamgirls; Respect) and singer ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Sep 13 Koldo Fernández, Spanish cyclist, born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain
  • Sep 13 Antonio Lopez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Benidorm, Spain
  • Sep 13 Angel Williams, Canadian professional wrestler, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor, born in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 14 Ashley Roberts, American singer (Pussycat Dolls - "Don't Cha"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 15 Mark Duggan, Englishman whose shooting death sparked widespread riots in England, born in London (d. 2011)
  • Sep 15 Ben Schwarz, American comedian, (Parks and Recreation, Jake and Amir), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 16 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 17 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • Sep 17 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Radtke, American rock guitarist (Kill Hannah)
  • Sep 18 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model, born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • Sep 19 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist (Nippo–Vini Fantini team), born in Cerro Veronese, Italy
  • Sep 19 Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player, born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
  • Sep 19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • Sep 20 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • Sep 20 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • Sep 20 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • Sep 21 Nicole Richie, American socialite, author and TV personality (The Simple Life), born in Berkeley, California
  • Sep 21 Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • Sep 21 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • Sep 22 Ashley Eckstein, American actress (voice of Ahsoka Tan in Star Wars), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Sep 22 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • Sep 23 Natalie Horler, English-German singer (Cascada - "Evacute The Dancefloor"), born in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • Sep 23 Misti Traya, American actress
  • Sep 24 Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player and broadcaster, born in Oakland, California
  • Sep 24 Ryan Briscoe, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 2020; 12 Hours of Sebring LMP2 class 2013; Petit Le Mans LMP2 class 2008, 13), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 24 BenDeLaCreme [Benjamin Putnam], American drag queen, burlesque performer and actor (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 24 Diana Rotaru, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Sep 25 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Sep 25 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player, born in Neptune City, New Jersey
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 25 Van Hansis, American actor, born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • Sep 26 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian [Flores], American actress (Grandfathered), and singer (A.M. To P.M.), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

Serena Williams

Sep 26 Serena Williams, American tennis player (23 Grand Slam titles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

  • Sep 27 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • Sep 27 Sophie Crumb, American-French cartoonist (Belly Button), bor in Woodlands, California
  • Sep 27 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball point guard (captain Spain gold FIBA World C'ship 2006; Olympic silver 08, 12; NBA: Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, NY Knicks; Cleveland), born in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain
  • Sep 28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian soccer defender (63 caps; El Nacional), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Sep 28 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
  • Sep 28 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • Sep 29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player, born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • Sep 30 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 30 Brandon Watson, American baseball

Famous Weddings

Lorne Michaels

Sep 13 Television producer Lorne Michaels (36) weds model Susan Forristal

George Foreman

Sep 15 Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson


Famous Deaths

Albert Speer

Sep 1 Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), dies of a stroke at 76

  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 1 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • Sep 2 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar), co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator, dies at 53
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • Sep 3 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), dies at 64
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), dies at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Palia, Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; United Provinces), dies at 71
  • Sep 9 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), dies at 84
  • Sep 13 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 (Walter) "Furry" Lewis, American country blues guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 88 (or 82) [year of birth disputed]
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 15 (Charles) "Chick" Bullock, American jazz and dance band vocalist (Chick Bullock and His Levee Loungers), dies at 82
  • Sep 19 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Sep 21 Tony Aubin, French composer, conductor, and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1944-77), dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (Liverpool, 1959-74) dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Sep 30 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76