On This Day

What Happened in September 1982

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" premieres in London
  • Sep 1 Max speedometer reading mandated at 85 MPH
  • Sep 1 Mexico President Lopez Portillo nationalizes banks
  • Sep 1 Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon
  • Sep 1 The United States Air Force Space Command is founded.
  • Sep 2 Rolling Stone Keith Richard's house burns down
  • Sep 3 Anker Jørgensen government in Denmark resigns
  • Sep 4 Arson fire engulfs apartment-hotel in LA, 25 die
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 5 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, The Country Club: Jay Sigel wins 8 & 7 over David Tolley
  • Sep 5 Eddie Hill sets propeller-driven boat water speed record of 229 mph
  • Sep 6 Dutch Internal minister Mr M Red assigns BVD to spy on communists


Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 17th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $28,400,000

Album Release

Sep 6 Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War" album

  • Sep 6 Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland
  • Sep 8 Dutch social democratic party wins elections, fascist enters Dutch parliament
  • Sep 9 "Your Arm's Are Too Short To Box With God" opens at Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 69 performances
  • Sep 9 Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank in preparation for STS-5
  • Sep 9 Conestoga 1, 1st private commercial rocket, makes suborbital flight
  • Sep 10 Decca releases Beatles audition on "Complete Silver Beatles" album, 20 years after label executives rejected them feeling that "guitar groups are on the way out" and "the Beatles have no future in show business"
  • Sep 11 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her 6th and final US title, beating Hana Mandlíková 6-3, 6-1

  • Sep 13 50 die in Spantax Airlines DC-10 on takeoff from Malaga, Spain
  • Sep 13 Joe Lefevre gets 6 hits in one baseball game

Baseball Record

Sep 13 MLB Phillies Steve Carlton tosses a complete-game shutout and hits a home run for the 4th time in his career, in 2-0 win over St. Louis, at Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia; he becomes only pitcher to do so in three different decades

  • Sep 14 36" snow (Red Lodge, MT)
  • Sep 14 Cindy Nicholas of Canada makes her 19th swim of English Channel
  • Sep 14 Trevor Baxter sets skateboard high jump record of 5' 5.7"
  • Sep 14 Bomb at Lebanese Phalange party HQ kills President-elect Bachir Gemayel and 26 others
  • Sep 15 First issue of "USA Today" published by Gannett Co Inc
  • Sep 15 Israeli forces began pouring into west Beirut
  • Sep 16 Massacre of 1000+ Palestinian refugees at Chatila & Sabra begins

Music Single

Sep 17 "Bad to the Bone" single by George Thorogood and the Destroyers first released

  • Sep 18 Sabra and Shatila massacres - Christian militia massacre at least 700 Palestinians in retaliation for assassination of Bachir Gemayel
  • Sep 18 7th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tempest" directed by Paul Mazursky wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

Sep 19 34th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Barney Miller, Alan Alda & Carol Kane win

  • Sep 19 New Orleans Saints 1st road shutout victory beating Chicago Bears 10-0
  • Sep 19 Streetcars stop running on Market St, San Francisco after 122 years of service
  • Sep 20 Jalaluddin takes a one-day hat-trick Pakistan v Australia
  • Sep 21 2,251 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • Sep 21 San Francisco cable cars cease operations for 2 years of repairs
  • Sep 21 STS-5 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Sep 22 Duleep Mendis completes twin cricket tons for Sri Lanka v India
  • Sep 22 San Francisco's cable cars made a final run before closing down for 20-month

Television Premiere

Sep 22 Sitcom "Family Ties starring Michael J. Fox premieres on NBC

  • Sep 23 "Doll's Life" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Sep 23 Amin Gemayel sworn in as President of Lebanon
  • Sep 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Album Release

Sep 23 Columbia Records releases "The Nylon Curtain", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's eighth studio album

  • Sep 24 US, Italian & French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon
  • Sep 25 Northwestern ends 34 football game losing streak, beats No Ill 31-6
  • Sep 25 Penn prison guard George Banks kills 13 (5 were his own children)
  • Sep 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 Keke Rosberg becomes the first Fin to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship when he finishes 5th in season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas; wins by 5 points from Didier Pironi
  • Sep 26 "Doll's Life" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 5 performances

Television Debut

Sep 26 "Knight Rider", starring David Hasselhoff, debuts on NBC

  • Sep 27 Cards clinching NL East title

Film & TV History

Sep 27 Filming begins on "Never Say Never Again" with Sean Connery playing James Bond for the final time

  • Sep 27 Jan Wolkers awarded but refuses Constantine Huygens-prize
  • Sep 27 John Palmer becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Sep 28 1st reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules
  • Sep 28 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 505
  • Sep 29 Situation comedy "Cheers" premieres on NBC-TV, starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long
  • Sep 29 Cyanide laced Tylenol capsules kills 7 in Chicago
  • Sep 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 30 National railroad strike in Belgium
  • Sep 30 12th Commonwealth Games open in Brisbane, Australia

Album Release

Sep 30 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's sixth studio album "Nebraska", a solo record, made without a backing band

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Paul Dumbrell, Australian auto racer (V8 Supercar Series 2002, 14; Bathurst 1000 2012), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 1 Jeffrey Buttle, Canadian figure skater (World C'ship gold men's singles 2008; Olympic bronze 2006), born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
  • Sep 2 Joey Barton, English soccer midfielder (1 cap; Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR, Burnley) and manager (Fleetwood Town, Bristol Rovers), born in Huyton, England
  • Sep 2 Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress
  • Sep 2 Jason Hammel, American baseball player
  • Sep 3 Andrew McMahon, American singer and songwriter (Something Corporate), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Sep 3 Kaori Natori, Japanese singer and model (Spontania)
  • Sep 4 Hildur Guðnadóttir, Icelandic cellist and Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA Award composer specializing in film scores (Chernobyl; The Joker), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Sep 5 Alexandre Geijo, Spanish-Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sep 5 Sondre Lerche, Norwegian musician, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Sep 7 Andre Dirrell, American boxer (IBF interim super middleweight 2017-18), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Sep 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2009)
  • Sep 9 Ai Otsuka, Japanese pop singer and songwriter ("Sakuranbo"), born in Osaka, Japan

Misty Copeland

Sep 10 Misty Copeland, American ballerina (1st African American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre), born in Kansas City Missouri

  • Sep 11 Shriya Saran, South Indian actress (Santhosham), born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Sep 11 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian human rights activist and politician who claimed victory in the disputed 2020 Belarusian presidential election, born in Mikashevichy, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

  • Sep 12 Nana Ozaki, Japanese model, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Sep 13 Nenê, Brazilian basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in São Carlos, Brazil
  • Sep 13 Rickie Weeks, American baseball player, born in Altamonte Springs, Florida
  • Sep 13 Miha Zupan, Slovenian basketball player, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • Sep 14 Hiroki Narimiya, Japanese actor, born in Tokyo
  • Sep 16 Leon Knight, English footballer, born in Hackney, England
  • Sep 17 Hope Larson, American illustrator and cartoonist
  • Sep 17 Garth Murray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 19 Eleni Daniilidou, Greek tennis player, born in Chania, Crete, Greece
  • Sep 19 Columbus Short, American actor and choreographer, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 19 Jordan Parise, American ice hockey player, born in Faribault, Minnesota
  • Sep 21 Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian racing driver
  • Sep 21 Danny Kass, American snowboarder
  • Sep 21 Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
  • Sep 21 Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • Sep 22 Mandy Chiang, Hong Kong singer and actress, born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 22 Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 100/200m breaststroke 2004, 08), born in Tokyo, Japan

Billie Piper

Sep 22 Billie Piper, English singer and actress (Dr Who), born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England

  • Sep 24 Morgan Hamm, American gymnast, born in Washburn, Wisconsin
  • Sep 24 Paul Hamm, American gymnast, born in Washburn, Wisconsin
  • Sep 24 Jeff Karstens, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 25 Hyun Bin, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Sep 26 Miguel Alfredo Portillo, Argentine footballer, born in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina
  • Sep 26 Rob Burrow, English rugby league halfback (England 15 Tests, GB 5 Tests; Super League C'ships 2004, 07-09, 11-12, 15, 17; Leeds Rhinos), born in Pontefract, England
  • Sep 27 Lil Wayne [Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.], American rapper (Lollipop), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 27 Anna Camp, American actress (Sarah Newlin-True Blood, Mad Men, The Good Wife), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • Sep 28 Anderson Varejão, Brazilian basketball player
  • Sep 28 Abhinav Bindra, Indian shooter
  • Sep 28 Ray Emery, Canadian hockey player
  • Sep 28 Ranbir Kapoor, Indian actor (Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Sep 28 Nolwenn Leroy, French Singer
  • Sep 28 Emeka Okafor, American basketball player
  • Sep 28 Dustin Penner, Canadian hockey player
  • Sep 28 St. Vincent [Annie Clark], American musician and singer-songwriter, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 29 Rob Smith, Irish musician and songwriter
  • Sep 30 Lacey Chabert, actress (Party of Five)
  • Sep 30 Michelle Marsh, British model
  • Sep 30 Kieran Culkin, American actor (Succession), born in New York City
  • Sep 30 Teal Redmann, American actress
  • Sep 30 Ryan Stout, American comedian

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Clifford M Curzon, British classical pianist, dies at 75
  • Sep 1 Wladislaw Gomulka, Polish partisan/party leader, dies at 76
  • Sep 1 Haskell Curry, American mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Sep 2 Jay Novello, actor (Harum Scarum, Rebel Breed), dies of cancer at 78
  • Sep 2 Tom Baker, American actor, dies of a drug overdose in New York at 42
  • Sep 3 Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa, Italian general who fought the mafia, murdered by Sicilian mafia at 61
  • Sep 3 Michael Thoma, American actor (8 is Enough, Fame), dies at 55
  • Sep 5 Douglas Bader, RAF fighter pilot in World War II (b. 1910)
  • Sep 7 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • Sep 9 Frederic Dannay [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 76
  • Sep 10 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, dies at 100
  • Sep 11 Albert Soboult, French historian, dies at 68
  • Sep 11 Wifredo Lam, Cuban artist (The Jungle), dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Kommer Kleijn, Dutch actor and radio play director (Tomorrow It Will Be Better), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Karen Aabye, Danish author (Less bedstemor there jomfru), dies at 77
  • Sep 13 Philip Ober, American actor (Gen Stone-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 80
  • Sep 14 Bechir Gemayel, President-elect of Lebanon (8/23-9/14, 1982), assassinated by a bomb at 34

Grace Kelly

Sep 14 Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, dies in a car crash at 52

  • Sep 14 John Gardner, American writer (Life & Times of Chaucer High), dies in a motorcycle accident at 49
  • Sep 14 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Sep 14 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, executed in Iran
  • Sep 16 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), dies at 86
  • Sep 17 Manos Loïzos, Greek composer (Ta Tragoudia Mas) and well known leftist and critic of the Greek military junta, dies at 44 after suffering several strokes
  • Sep 19 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies at 85
  • Sep 19 Samuel L M Barlow, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Karel Krautgartner, Czech jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 60
  • Sep 21 Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet military commander and Marshal of the Soviet Union of Armenian origin, dies at 84
  • Sep 23 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • Sep 24 Sarah Churchill, British actress (Matinee Theatre, All Over Town, Royal Wedding), dies at 67
  • Sep 26 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies at 80
  • Sep 27 Saad Sayd [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • Sep 27 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), dies at 66
  • Sep 28 Larry Breeding, American actor (Who's Watching the Kids), dies in a car crash on his 36th birthday
  • Sep 28 Mabel Albertson, actress (Gazebo, Bewitched), dies of Alzheimer at 81
  • Sep 29 Slinger Nitschke, Australian cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1931-32), dies at 77
  • Sep 29 Monty Stratton, American MLB player who played in minor leagues with prosthetic leg, dies at 70