On This Day

What Happened in September 1983

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Korean Boeing 747, flight 007, strays into Siberia & is shot down by a Soviet jet
  • Sep 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 1 WGH-AM in Newport News VA changes call letters to WNSY

Historic Event

Sep 2 Yitzḥak Shamir (Likud party) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israeli Prime Minister

  • Sep 4 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Royale NYC after 747 performances
  • Sep 4 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, North Shore CC: Jay Sigel successfully defends title 8 & 7 over Chris Perry
  • Sep 4 Greg LeMond wins UCI World Road Race Championship in 7h 01' 21" in Altenrhein, Switzerland; first American cyclist to take the title
  • Sep 4 Californian skier Scott Michael Pellaton sets barefoot waterski speed record; 119.36 mph
  • Sep 5 8th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 5 Elmer Trettr sets record for highest terminal velocity at 201.34 mph

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 18th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,691,627

  • Sep 6 Soviet Union admits that it shot down the South Korean airliner KAL 007 on September 1st
  • Sep 7 Drury Gallagher sets fastest swim around Manhattan (6h41m35s)
  • Sep 8 NASA launches RCA-6
  • Sep 9 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Sep 9 Radio Shack announces their color computer 2 (Coco2)

Sports History

Sep 9 Vitas Gerulaitis bets his house that Martina Navratilova can't beat 100th ranked male tennis player

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-1, 6-3 for her first US singles title
  • Sep 11 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors retains title; repeats previous year's win over Czech Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0

  • Sep 11 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • Sep 12 Albert Rizzo trod water at sea for 108 hours 9 minutes
  • Sep 12 Security guard Victor Gerena robs West Hartford company of $7 million
  • Sep 12 USSR vetoes UN resolution deploring its shooting down of Korean plane

Sports History

Sep 13 Dan Quisenberry record 39th season save

Baseball Record

Sep 13 Oakland's Rickey Henderson 3rd straight 100 steals for season

  • Sep 13 Steve O'Shaughnessy scores 100 in 35 mins, Lancs v Leics
  • Sep 13 US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)
  • Sep 14 US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • Sep 14 Texan San Jacinto county sheriff James "Humpy" Parker convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture
  • Sep 15 Police officers beat Michael Stewart to death for graffiting NYC subway

Historic Event

Sep 15 Israel premier Menachem Begin resigns

  • Sep 15 Frances Schreuder is convicted for the first-degree murder of Franklin Bradshaw
  • Sep 17 Chicago White Sox clinch their 1st-ever AL West championship

Music History

Sep 17 Vanessa Williams (NY), 20, crowned 56th Miss America 1984, 1st winner of African American descent

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 17 8th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Big Chill" directed by Lawrence Kasdan wins the People's Choice Award

  • Sep 18 George Meegen completes 2,426d (19K mi) walk across Western Hemisphere
  • Sep 18 Lebanese & Syrian army battle
  • Sep 18 New Orleans Saints 1st OT victory; beating Chicago Bears 34-31
  • Sep 18 Kiss' first "unmasked" (no make up) appearance on MTV
  • Sep 18 Action series "Hardcastle and McCormick" premieres on ABC in the US
  • Sep 19 David Slowinski on 2 CRAY-1 comp's find 2^132049-1 prime #
  • Sep 19 St Kitts & Nevis declares independence from UK
  • Sep 20 3,112 turn out to see Pirates play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 20 Cryptographic Communications System & Method (RSA) patented
  • Sep 21 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila

Historic Event

Sep 21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London

  • Sep 21 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Music Concert

Sep 22 The Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years apart in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London

  • Sep 22 NASA launches Galaxy-B
  • Sep 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 22 Zhu Jianhau (China) sets high jump record at 7'9 3/4"
  • Sep 23 Argentine military regime gives amnesty to military and political assassins
  • Sep 23 Columbia moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida), for mating in preparation of STS-9
  • Sep 23 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio

Sports History

Sep 23 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game, beating Cardinals 6-2 in St. Louis

  • Sep 24 Braves Dale Murphy is 6th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in season
  • Sep 24 Test cricket debut of Shoaib Mohammad, son of champion Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad; scores 6 in drawn 2nd Test v India in Jullundur; goes on to play 45 Tests
  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 35th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues", "Cheers", Ed Flanders & Shelley Long win
  • Sep 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR

Sports History

Sep 26 Cardinals' Bob Forsch pitches 2nd career no-hitter, beating Montreal Expos 3-0, in St. Louis

  • Sep 26 Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks 56 yard field goal, a NY Giants record
  • Sep 26 Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race - 1st non-US winner
  • Sep 26 Cosmonauts Titov & Strekalov are saved from exploding Soyuz T-10
  • Sep 26 Lebanon premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns
  • Sep 26 Soviet military officer Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error
  • Sep 27 South African worker's union leader Curnick Ndlovu freed from prison after 19 years

Sports History

Sep 27 Tim Raines is 1st since Ty Cobb to steal 70 & drive in 70 runs

  • Sep 28 STS-9 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Sep 29 "A Chorus Line" with 3,389 performances becomes the then longest-running Broadway show
  • Sep 29 Beirut airport reopens

Historic Event

Sep 29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon

  • Sep 29 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), born in Utrera, Spain (d. 2019)
  • Sep 3 Augusto Farfus, Brazilian racing driver, born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Sep 3 Nicky Hunt, English footballer, born in Westhoughton, England
  • Sep 4 Yuichi Nakamaru, Japanese idol and singer-songwriter (KAT-TUN), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 4 Tareq Aziz, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Chittagong, Bangladesh
  • Sep 5 Eugen Bopp, Ukrainian-German footballer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Sep 5 Pablo Granoche, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Sep 6 Pippa [Philippa] Middleton, English sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, born in Berkshire, England
  • Sep 7 Philip Deignan, Irish cyclist (UCI Pro Team), born in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
  • Sep 7 Mehmet Topuz, Turkisher footballer (Kayserispor), born in Caferli Köyü, Yozgat, Turkey
  • Sep 7 Pops Mensah-Bonsu, British basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, born in Tottenham, London
  • Sep 7 Annette Dytrt, German skater figure, born in Landshut, Germany
  • Sep 8 Wali Lundy, American NFL football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Sep 8 Diego Benaglio, Swiss-Italian footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Sep 8 Chris Judd, Australian rules football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Sep 8 Will Blalock, American basketball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 9 Kyle Davies, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Sep 9 Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher, born in Neu-Ulm, Germany
  • Sep 9 Sam Hollenbach, American football quarterback, born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 9 Cleveland Taylor, English-born Jamaican footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Sep 10 Joey Votto, Canadian baseball first baseman (NL MVP 2010; 6 × MLB All-Star; Cincinnati Reds), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 11 Jacoby Ellsbury, American baseball player, born in Madras, Oregon
  • Sep 11 Ike Diogu, Nigerian-American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 12 Carly Smithson, Irish singer (Ultimate High), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 12 Daniel Muir, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 13 Sean Brosnan II, American actor and son of actor Pierce Brosnan, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 13 James Bourne, English singer and songwriter (Busted), born in Rochford, Essex, England
  • Sep 14 Frostee Rucker, American NFL defensive end, born in Tustin, California

Amy Winehouse

Sep 14 Amy Winehouse, British singer-songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), born in London (d. 2011)

  • Sep 15 Luke Hochevar, American baseball player (KC Royals), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 16 Kirsty Coventry, Zimbabwean Olympic swimmer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 17 Jennifer Peña, American Tejano/Latin pop singer, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Sep 18 Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer, born in Adamstown, Ireland
  • Sep 19 Matt Wiman, American mixed martial artist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 19 Joey Devine, American baseball player, born in Junction City, Kansas
  • Sep 19 Charlie Haeger, American baseball player, born in Livonia, Michigan
  • Sep 20 Yuna Ito, American pop singer (Heart) and actress of Japanese and Korean heritage, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 20 Ángel Sánchez, Puerto Rican baseball player

Joseph Mazzello

Sep 21 Joseph Mazzello, American actor (Jurassic Park, The Pacific), born in Rhinebeck. New York

  • Sep 21 Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • Sep 21 Maggie Grace, American actress
  • Sep 21 Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • Sep 22 Glenn Loovens, Dutch soccer defender (2 caps; Cardiff City, Celtic, Sheffield Wed), born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Sep 24 Randy Foye, American basketball player, born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Sep 25 Terrance Pennington, National Football League guard, born in Los Angeles, California

Donald Glover

Sep 25 Donald Glover, American actor, singer and writer (Atlanta, Childish Gambino), born in Edwards Air Force Base, California

  • Sep 26 Ricardo Quaresma, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sep 26 Zoe Perry, American stage and screen actress (Young Sheldon), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 27 Travis MacRae, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Sep 27 Shermon Tang, Hong Kong actress
  • Sep 27 Jeon Hye Bin, Korean actress
  • Sep 28 Stefan Moore, English footballer
  • Sep 29 Lisette Oropesa, Cuban-American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 2007-present), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sep 30 Andreea Răducan, Romanian gymnast, born in Bârlad, Romania

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 11 Fashion designer Donna Karen marries Stephan Weiss

Famous Divorces

James Woods

Sep 20 Actor James Woods (36) divorces costume designer Kathryn Morrison after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, American politician (Sen-D-Wash), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 1 Larry McDonald, American congressman (b. 1935)
  • Sep 3 Ellie Lambeti, Greek actress (b. 1926)
  • Sep 5 Antonio Mairena, flamenco singer (b. 1909)
  • Sep 7 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Sep 8 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • Sep 8 Willem C "Wim" Kan, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 72
  • Sep 8 Ibrahim Abboud, 1st President and 4th Prime Minister of Sudan (1958-64), dies at 82
  • Sep 10 Balthasar J "John" Vorster, South African premier (1966-78), dies at 67
  • Sep 10 Felix Bloch, Swiss-American nuclear physicist (1st Director of CERN, Nobel Prize for Physics 1952), dies at 77
  • Sep 10 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), dies at 79
  • Sep 10 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), dies at 67
  • Sep 10 Jon Brower Minnoch, American, world's heaviest recorded man at 1,400lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone), dies at 41
  • Sep 12 Sabin Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold pole vault 1928; WR 4.27m 1927), dies at 79
  • Sep 15 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Willie Bobo [Correa], American jazz percussionist ("Evil Ways"), dies of cancer at 49
  • Sep 15 Prince Far I [Michael Williams], Jamaican reggae deejay, producer and Rastafarian, killed during a robberya t his home at 38-ish
  • Sep 15 Johnny Hartman, American jazz ballad singer (John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - "My One And Only Love"), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, dies at 76
  • Sep 24 Isobel Baillie, Scottish oratorio singer, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Leopold III [Filip von Saksen-Coburg], King of the Belgians (from 1934, abdicated 1951), dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Tino Rossi, French singer and actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • Sep 27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • Sep 30 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Sep 30 William Elliott, American actor (Bernie Loves Bridget", "Adam 12"), dies at 49