On This Day

What Happened in September 1987

Historical Events

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 15 year old American tennis player Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win a match at the US Open when he beats Australian Paul McNamee in 4 sets in the opening round

  • Sep 1 Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 2 Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win v Cubs
  • 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

Tennis Open

Sep 5 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

Sports History

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

  • Sep 6 Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at Johns 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

Telethon

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

  • Sep 7 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 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

Sports History

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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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 13 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sep 13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • Sep 13 Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg establishes a franchise record with 5 touchdown passes in the Buccaneers 48-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons
  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest

Sports History

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

  • Sep 14 Toronto Blue Jays hit a record 10 HRs vs Baltimore Orioles
  • Sep 15 Italy sends a naval contingent to the Persian Gulf

Papal Visit

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

  • 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 first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #30 off Bill Wegman in 5th inning of Tigers' 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; first 40 year old to hit 30 MLB HRs in a season
  • Sep 18 US & USSR sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Film Release

Sep 18 Film thriller "Fatal Attraction" directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close is released

  • 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

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 19 Farm Aid III held in Lincoln, Nebraska; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, and Joe Walsh

  • Sep 20 "Big River" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 1005 performances

Emmy Awards

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

Sports History

Sep 20 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory

  • Sep 20 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati

NFL Record

Sep 20 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

  • Sep 21 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
  • Sep 22 Dow-Jones index rises record 75.23 points
  • Sep 22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days (2nd regular-season strike)
  • Sep 22 Red Sox Wade Boggs ties AL record of 200 hits for 5 straight seasons

Television Debut

Sep 22 US TV series "Full House" starring Bob Saget and John Stamos debuts

Historic Event

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 Major General Sitiveni Rabuka stages a second Fijian coup and declares Fiji a republic
  • Sep 26 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games
  • Sep 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield Village GC: Europe beats US, 15-13; after 13-0 unbeaten record spanning 60 years, US loses for first time on home soil
  • Sep 27 NFL players' strike begins in the US

Sports History

Sep 27 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro's final MLB appearance, he surrenders for 5 runs in 3 innings against the San Francisco Giants

Television Debut

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

TV Show Appearance

Sep 28 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on TV game show "The $10,000 Pyramid"

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

Baseball Record

Sep 29 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year

  • Sep 30 Suriname constitution ratified

Music Concert

Sep 30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Daniel "Dann" Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • Sep 2 Spencer Smith, American rock drummer (Panic! at the Disco), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 3 Chris Fountain, English actor (Holyoaks), born in Bradford, England
  • Sep 5 Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, born in Princess Grace Hospital Centre, Monaco
  • Sep 6 Ramiele Malubay, Filipino-American singer, born in Dammam, Saudi Arabia
  • Sep 7 Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 7 Evan Rachel Wood, American actress (Thirteen), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Alexandre Bilodeau

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

  • Sep 9 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Sep 9 Afrojack [Nick van de Wall], Dutch DJ and record producer (Forget The World). born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands
  • Sep 11 Tyler Hoechlin, American actor (Teen Wolf), born in Corona, California
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Henstridge, English actress (Jemma Simmons-Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Sep 13 Luke Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union footballer, born in County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Sep 15 Aly Cissokho, French football (soccer) player, born in Blois, France
  • Sep 15 Ingrid Bisu, Romanian-German actress and scriptwriter (Toni Erdmann), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Sep 16 Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player, born in Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Sep 16 Travis Wall, American dancer and choreographer, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Sep 16 Daren Kagasoff, American actor (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), born in Encino, California
  • Sep 17 Paul Huntington, English footballer
  • Sep 18 Jinkx Monsoon [Jerick Hoffer], American drag queen, actor and singer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 19 Danielle Panabaker, American actress (Stuck in the Suburbs), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Sep 19 Guy Williams, New Zealand comedian and TV personality (Jono and Ben), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Sep 19 Muhammad Iqbal Siddiq, Indonesian concert pianist and teacher, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sep 20 Jack Lawless, American drummer (Jonas Brothers), born in Middletown Township, New Jersey
  • Sep 20 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), born in Mansfield, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 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 (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter films), born in Epsom, England
  • Sep 24 Spencer Treat Clark, American actor (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), born in New York City
  • Sep 24 Matthew Connolly, English footballer (Cardiff City), born in Barnet, England
  • Sep 26 Rosie Munter, Swedish singer (Play), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 26 Kim Yo-jong, North Korean politician, younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un, born in Pyongyang, North Korea

Hilary Duff

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

  • Sep 28 Terence Crawford, American boxer (WBO welterweight title 2018-), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sep 30 Denise Laurel, Filipina actress and singer, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Sep 30 Aida Garifullina, Russian soprano (Operalia 2013), born in Kazan, Russia
  • Sep 30 Flora Duffy, Bermudian triathlete (Olympic gold 2021, Bermuda’s first ever gold medal; World C'ship gold 2016, 17), born in Paget Parish, Bermuda

Famous Weddings

Steven Seagal

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

Jerry Rice

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


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), dies at 72
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston, Rothko Chapel), dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian architect and author (Soldiers), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Quinn Martin, American television producer, dies at 65
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 9 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies of pneumonia following heart surgery at 72
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; "Mystic Man"; "Legalize It"), shot dead at his home in Jamaica at 42
  • Sep 11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Sep 11 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), 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 18 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician (13th President of Portugal 1958-74), dies at 92
  • 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, American actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies at 77
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz-fusion musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report; Joni Mitchell; Word of Mouth), dies from injuries sustained in a bar fight at 35
  • Sep 22 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • Sep 22 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 22 Dan 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, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Sep 23 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 25 Emlyn Williams, actor and director (I Accuse, Ivanhoe, Scarf), dies at 81

Mary Astor

Sep 25 Mary Astor [Lucile Langhanke], American Academy Award-winning actress (The Great Lie; Meet Me In St Louis; The Maltese Falcon), dies of emphysema at 81

  • 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, American sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74