What Happened in September 1984

Historical Events

#1 in the Charts

Sep 1 "What's Love Got to Do With It" single tops the charts, giving Tina Turner her 1st #1 as a solo artist

  • Sep 1 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs

Sports History

Sep 1 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

  • Sep 2 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 362 performances, winning one Tony Award
  • Sep 3 28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 19th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $32,074,566

  • Sep 3 South Africa adopts constitution
  • Sep 3 St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter breaks NL record for saves in a season with his 38th in 7-3 win v NY Mets
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]
  • Sep 5 12th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41D): Discovery 1 lands at Edwards AFB

Film Premiere

Sep 6 "Amadeus" from the play by Peter Shaffer, directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1985)

  • Sep 6 Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 6 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow

Baseball Record

Sep 7 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236

  • Sep 8 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 41G mission

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins his 4th US title and final Grand Slam singles event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

  • Sep 10 Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Oklahoma

Television Debut

Sep 10 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host

  • Sep 10 Sean O'Keefe (11) is youngest to cycle across US (24 days)

Music History

Sep 12 American country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

  • Sep 12 Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on The Tonight Show
  • Sep 12 Ethiopia forms socialist republic
  • Sep 12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251

Historic Event

Sep 13 Shimon Peres becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Israel, succeeding Yitzhak Shamir

  • Sep 13 Shimon Peres forms Israeli government with Likud
  • Sep 13 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad

Video Music Awards

Sep 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think", and David Bowie wins with "China Girl"

  • Sep 15 9th Toronto International Film Festival: "Places in the Heart" directed by Robert Benton wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 Morocco Showcase opens
  • Sep 15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 17 Dwight Gooden ties record of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games

Baseball Record

Sep 17 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

  • Sep 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 18 Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
  • Sep 18 Tigers clinch AL East championship (spent all year in 1st place)

Sports History

Sep 18 Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons

  • Sep 19 Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • Sep 20 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 20 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • Sep 20 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
  • Sep 21 NASA launches Galaxy-C
  • Sep 23 36th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues"; "Cheers": John Ritter & Tyne Daly win

Sports History

Sep 23 NFL San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

Sports History

Sep 23 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

  • Sep 24 Chicago Cubs clinch NL East title

Music Single

Sep 24 Paul McCartney releases single "No More Lonely Nights"

  • Sep 25 "Quilters" opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Sep 25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • Sep 25 Egypt & Jordan regain diplomatic relations

Baseball Record

Sep 25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

  • Sep 26 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • Sep 26 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • Sep 26 Dutch Queen Beatrice opens University
  • Sep 26 Phila's Juan Samuel sets record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd

Historic Event

Sep 26 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

  • Sep 28 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • Sep 28 Krzysztof Penderecki's initial version of "A Polish Requiem" premieres with Mstislav Rostropovich leading the Stuttgart Radio Symphony
  • Sep 29 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • Sep 29 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • Sep 29 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66

#1 in the Charts

Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince Rogers Nelson and Revolution peaks at #1

  • Sep 29 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • Sep 29 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • Sep 29 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Yes Or No" by Go-Go's peak at #84

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

Sports History

Sep 30 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner

  • Sep 30 Browns set a team record for allowing most sacks (11), KC wins 10-6
  • Sep 30 California Angel Mike Witt, pitches a perfect game over Texas Rangers, 1-0
  • Sep 30 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game
  • Sep 30 CBS' premiere of "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Landsbury

Sports History

Sep 30 NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Joseph Trohman, American guitarist (Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race"), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • Sep 1 Ludwig Göransson, Swedish Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning composer and record producer (The Mandalorian; Childish Gambino; Black Panther), born in Linköping, Sweden
  • Sep 2 Jack Peñate, British rockabilly singer-songwriter and musician (Matinée), born in London, England
  • Sep 3 Garrett Hedlund, American actor, born in Roseau, Minnesota
  • Sep 4 Camila Bordonaba, Argentine actress and singer-songwriter, born in El Palomar, Argentina
  • Sep 4 Hamish McIntosh, Australian football player, born in Lavington, Australia
  • Sep 7 Vera Zvonareva, Russian tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles titles; US Open, Wimbledon 2010 runner-up; Federation Cup 2004, 08), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Sep 8 Peter Whittingham, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • Sep 8 Vitaly Petrov, Russian racing driver (Renault F1 Team in 2010), born in Vyborg, Soviet Union
  • Sep 9 Farrah Gray, American entrepreneur and author (Reallionaire), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 9 James Hildreth, English cricketer, born in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • Sep 10 Matthew Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon - "Use Somebody"), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 12 Taylor Jenkins, American basketball head coach (Memphis Grizzlies 2019), born in Arlington, Texas
  • Sep 13 Nabil Abou-Harb, Arab-American filmmaker, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Sep 14 Adam Lamberg, American actor (The Lizzie McGuire movie), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 14 Ayushmann Khurrana, Indian actor and singer (Vicky Donor), born in Chandigarh, India
  • Sep 14 Melissa McGhee, American rock singer (American Idol, season 5), born in Tampa, Florida

Prince Harry

Sep 15 Prince Harry [Henry Charles Albert David Windsor], Duke of Sussex, 5th in British succession, born in London, England

  • Sep 16 Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer (Piece by Piece), born in Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
  • Sep 16 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Yorba Linda, California
  • Sep 17 Eugenia Volodina, Russian supermodel
  • Sep 18 Anthony Gonzalez, American politician (Rep-(R)-Ohio 2019-) and football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Sep 18 Dizzee Rascal [Dylan Kwabena Mills], English rapper (Boy in da Corner), born in London, England
  • Sep 19 Eamon [Doyle], American pop singer ("F*ck It (I Don't Want You Back)"), born in Staten Island, New York City
  • Sep 19 Kevin Zegers, Canadian actor and model, born in Woodstock, Ontario
  • Sep 21 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • Sep 21 Wale [Olubowale Akintimehin], American rapper of Nigerian heritage (The Gifted), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 22 Laura Vandervoort, Canadian actress (Haven, Smallville), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 22 Misha Green, American screen writer, director and producer (Lovecraft Country), born in Sacramento, California
  • Sep 22 Ross Jarman, English drummer (The Cribs), born in Wakefield, England
  • Sep 22 Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Sep 22 Thiago Emiliano da Silva, Brazilian football player (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sep 23 Anneliese van der Pol, Dutch-American actress (That's So Raven & Raven's Home -"Chelsea"), born in Naaldwijk, Netherlands
  • Sep 23 Louie Stephens, American rock keyboard player and singer (Rooney)
  • Sep 23 Matt Kemp, American MLB baseball outfiekder, 2006-20, 3X All-Star, 2X Gold Glove (Los Angeles Dodgers, and four other teams), born in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • Sep 23 Nathan Jendrick, American fitness trainer, health instructor, and author, born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Sep 24 Szilvia Molnar, Swedish writer
  • Sep 24 Taylor Eigsti, American Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist, composer ("Lucky To Be Me"), orchestrator, and educator, born in Menlo Park, California
  • Sep 25 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Sep 26 Keisha Buchanan, British pop and R&B singer (Sugababes - "Round Round"; "Push the Button"), born in Kingsbury, England
  • Sep 26 Thore Schölermann, German actor, born in Iserlohn, Germany

Avril Lavigne

Sep 27 Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter (Complicated, Sk8er Boi), born in Belleville, Ontario

  • Sep 27 Cyrille Dubois, French operatic tenor and lieder singer, born in Ouistreham, France
  • Sep 27 John Lannan, American baseball player
  • Sep 27 Paul Bevan, Australian rules footballer
  • Sep 28 Melody Thornton, American singer and dancer
  • Sep 28 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player
  • Sep 29 Adriene Mishler, American yoga teacher (Yoga with Adriene on YouTube), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 29 Per Mertesacker, German football player (Arsenal), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • Sep 30 T-Pain [Faheem Rasheed Najm], American rapper/singer (Epiphany), born in Tallahassee, Florida

Famous Weddings

Janet Jackson

Sep 7 American actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds Amwerican R&B singer James DeBarge (21); annulled in 1985

  • Sep 14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)

Gene Wilder

Sep 14 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France

  • Sep 22 Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este at Church of Our Lady of "De Zavel

Famous Divorces

John Carpenter

Sep 14 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Howland Chamberlin, American actor (Force of Evil, Pickup), dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), dies at 79
  • Sep 3 Arthur Schwartz, American composer (Girl from Paris; Excuse My Dust), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 E J Andre, actor (Eugene Bullock-Dallas), dies at 74
  • Sep 6 Ernest Tubb, American country musician ("Walking the Floor Over You"), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Sep 7 Don Tallon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (21 Tests, 58 dismissals, 2 x 50s; Queensland CA), dies of heart disease at 68

Joe Cronin

Sep 7 Joe Cronin, American Baseball HOF shortstop (7 x MLB All Star), manger (Boston RS, Washington Senators) and executive (AL President 1959-73), dies at 77

  • Sep 8 Frank Lowson, England cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 59
  • Sep 8 Johnnie Parsons, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1950; AAA/USAC Championship 1949), dies at 66
  • Sep 8 Rene Bernier, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Yilmaz Güney, Kurdish film director (Yol; Arkadaş; Baba; Ağit), dies of gastric cancer at 47
  • Sep 11 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (Rep-D-California 1937-47), dies at 83

Janet Gaynor

Sep 14 Janet Gaynor, American actress (Sunrise), dies from a traffic accident at 77

  • Sep 15 Jack Ikin, English cricketer (England opener 1946-55), dies at 66
  • Sep 16 Paul Neuhuys, Belgian playwright and poet (Le Canari et le Cerise), dies at 87
  • Sep 16 Richard Brautigan, American novelist and poet (Trout Fishing in America), takes his own life at 49 [exact date estimated based on forensic investigation]
  • Sep 17 Richard Basehart, American actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70
  • Sep 19 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms; Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Sep 20 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter ("City O f New Orleans"; "Chicken Cordon Blues"), dies of leukemia at 36
  • Sep 23 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose; When Strangers Marry;, Batman), dies of asthma at 85
  • Sep 25 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Sep 26 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • Sep 26 Shelly Manne, American 'West Coast' jazz and session drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Sep 27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • Sep 29 Marnix Gijsen [Jan-Al Goris], Belgian writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)