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
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis

  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • 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
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
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  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & 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
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins third 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
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • Sep 22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female US Supreme Court Justice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 25 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • 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 releaseMusic Single

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

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Clinton Portis, American football player
  • Sep 1 Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • 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
  • Sep 4 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer

Person of interestBeyoncé Knowles

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American 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 musician (lead singer of 12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • Sep 8 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem PA, actor (Randy-Home Improvement)
  • Sep 8 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 9 Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress
  • 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 12 Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • 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, Canada
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • Sep 15 Mark Duggan, whose shooting death sparked widespread riots in England, born in London
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer (My Fair Princess), born in Qingdao, Shandong
  • Sep 16 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls)
  • 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 musician (Kill Hannah)
  • Sep 18 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model
  • Sep 19 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist (Nippo–Vini Fantini team), born in Cerro Veronese, Italy
  • Sep 19 Scott Baker, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 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 Drane, American actress
  • Sep 22 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • Sep 23 Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
  • Sep 23 Misti Traya, American actress
  • Sep 24 Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player
  • Sep 24 Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 24 BenDeLaCreme [Benjamin Putnam], American drag queen, burlesque performer and actor (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 25 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician
  • Sep 25 Van Hansis, American actor
  • Sep 26 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer

Person of interestSerena Williams

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 27 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • Sep 27 Sophie Crumb, American comics artist
  • Sep 27 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball player
  • Sep 28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Sep 28 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress
  • Sep 28 Iracema Trevisan, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • Sep 29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player
  • Sep 30 Dominique Moceanu, California, gymnast (World-silver-95, Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 30 Brandon Watson, American baseball

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths


Person of interestAlbert Speer

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

Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer
Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production
Albert Speer
  • 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 (Giocosa), dies at 53
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • 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 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • 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, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 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, 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 (b. 1913)
  • Sep 30 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76