What Happened in September 1987

Historical Events

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 1 15 yr old Michael Chang is youngest man to win US Tennis Open match

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Sep 1 Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium

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Sep 2 Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Sep 2 Kevin Bass is 1st NLer to switch hit HRs in a game twice in 1 season
  • Sep 2 Philips introduces CD-video
  • Sep 2 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR
  • Sep 3 Coup in Burundi suspends constitution
  • Sep 5 Carlton Fisk clubs his 300th career HR off Danny Jackson
  • Sep 5 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

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Sep 5 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Sep 6 Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at John Hopkins Hospital
  • Sep 6 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
  • Sep 6 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • Sep 6 2nd World Championships in Athletics close at Rome, Italy

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Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • Sep 7 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
  • Sep 7 "I Want Her" single released by Keith Sweat (Billboard Song of the Year 1988)
  • Sep 9 Gary Hart admits on "Nightline" to cheating on his wife
  • Sep 9 Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016

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Sep 9 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Sep 9 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 11 4th MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel wins
  • Sep 11 Shoot out at Jean-Bertrand Aristides' church in Haiti, 12 die
  • Sep 12 Ethiopia adopts constitution
  • Sep 12 Vince Coleman steals his 100th base for 3rd straight year
  • Sep 12 107th Women's U.S. Open: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 13 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sep 13 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
  • Sep 13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest

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Sep 14 Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Sep 14 Toronto Blue Jays hit a record 10 HRs vs Baltimore Orioles
  • Sep 14 107th Men's U.S. Open: Ivan Lendl beats Mats Wilander (6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 15 Italy sends a naval contingent to the Persian Gulf

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Sep 15 Pope John Paul II arrives in Los Angeles for a two-day papal visit, and addresses U.S. entertainment leaders

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 16 Calif's Bob Boone catches record 1,919th major league game
  • Sep 16 New York City's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round clock broadcasting
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 16 Pope John Paul II's ends his Los Angeles tour with an interfaith meeting at Dodger Stadium with leaders of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Sep 17 Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution
  • Sep 17 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco, meets with AIDS patients, and embraces an AIDS infected child
  • Sep 18 Detroit Tiger Darrell Evans is 1st 40 year old to hit 30 HRs
  • Sep 18 US & USSR sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America
  • Sep 19 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Sep 20 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

  • Sep 20 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race
  • Sep 20 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • Sep 20 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Sep 20 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Sep 21 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
  • Sep 22 2nd regular-season National Football League player strike begins
  • Sep 22 Dow-Jones index rises record 75.23 points
  • Sep 22 Janet B Evans swims female world record 400m freestyle (4:03.85)
  • Sep 22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days
  • Sep 22 Red Sox Wade Boggs ties AL record of 200 hits for 5 straight seasons
  • Sep 23 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates two states: Akwa Ibom and Katisna
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 2nd coup on Fiji led by Major General Sitiveni Rabuka
  • Sep 26 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • Sep 27 27th Ryder Cup: Europe beats US, 15-13 at Muirfield Village GC (Ohio)
  • Sep 27 Jan Stephens wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • Sep 27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • Sep 27 Phil Niekro final appearance & is pounded for 5 runs in 3 innings

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 28 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starring Patrick Stewart debuts on syndicated TV

  • Sep 28 Gladys Knight & Smokey Robinson on "$10,000 Pyramid"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year
  • Sep 30 Suriname constitution ratified

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Daniel "Dann" Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • Sep 2 Spencer Smith, American musician (Panic at the Disco)
  • Sep 3 Chris Fountain, English actor
  • Sep 5 Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, Monaco
  • Sep 6 Ramiele Malubay, American singer
  • Sep 7 Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player
  • Sep 7 Evan Rachel Wood, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 8 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • Sep 9 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer
  • Sep 9 Joshua Herdman, English actor
  • Sep 11 Tyler Hoechlin, American actor
  • Sep 13 Luke Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Sep 15 Aly Cissokho, French football (soccer) player
  • Sep 16 Louis Clement Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player
  • Sep 16 Travis Wall, American Dancer/Dance Instructor
  • Sep 16 Daren Kagasoff, American actor
  • Sep 17 Paul Huntington, English footballer
  • Sep 19 Danielle Panabaker, American actress
  • Sep 20 Jack Lawless, American drummer for the Jonas Brothers
  • Sep 21 Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • Sep 21 Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • Sep 21 Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • Sep 22 Tom Felton, English Actor
  • Sep 24 Spencer Treat Clark, American actor
  • Sep 24 Matthew Connolly, English footballer
  • Sep 26 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 28 Hilary Duff, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire), born in Houston, Texas

Actress/Singer Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff
  • Sep 30 Denise Laurel, Filipine actress and singer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 5 Actor Steven Seagal (36) weds actress Kelly LeBrock (27) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), dies at 72
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, US composer, dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukraine architect/author (Soldiers), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Bill Bowes, cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies
  • Sep 6 Quinn Martin, American television producer (b. 1922)
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 11 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies of pneumonia following heart surgery at 72
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh, reggae singer shot dead in Jamacia at 42
  • Sep 12 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Mervyn Leroy, actor/screenwriter/director (Quo Vadis), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • Sep 16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 17 Harry Locke, British actor (Passport to Pimlico, Town on Trial), dies at 73
  • Sep 19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • Sep 20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 Ruth Attaway, actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report), dies at 35
  • Sep 22 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • Sep 22 Louis Philip Kentner, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 22 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), dies at 65
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • Sep 23 O B McClinton, US country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Emlyn Williams, actor and director (I Accuse, Ivanhoe, Scarf), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 25 Mary Astor, actress (Cynthia, Meet Me in St Louis, Fiesta), dies at 81

Actress Mary Astor
Mary Astor
  • Sep 25 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), dies from cancer at 81
  • Sep 28 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason
  • Sep 29 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), dies at 70
  • Sep 30 Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73