What Happened in September 1988

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Timberlake Westenbaker's "Our Country's Good" premieres in London
  • Sep 2 Amnesty International's Human Rights Now! tour begins in Wembley
  • Sep 3 Dennis Eckersley sets A's record with his 37th save en route to 45
  • Sep 3 Estimated by this date 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers killed by Iraq, many using chemical weapons, in aftermath of Iran-Iraq War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Mike Tyson crashes a silver BMW into a tree near Catskills NY

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Sep 4 Phoenix Cardinals play 1st regular-season NFL game
  • Sep 5 Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 23rd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $41,132,113

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 5 CFL's Earl Winfield (Ham) scores TDs on 101-yd punt return, 100-yd kickoff return & 58-yd pass reception
  • Sep 6 Crippled soviet Soyuz TM-5 lands safely with 2 cosmonauts aboard
  • Sep 6 Thomas Gregory (11) swims English Channel
  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 5th MTV Video Music Awards: INXS wins

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 7 Guy Lafleur, Tony Esposito & Brad Park inducted in NHL Hall of Fame

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Sep 7 NY Daily News reports boxer Mike Tyson is seeing a psychiatrist
  • Sep 7 Security & Exchange Commission accuses Drexel of violating security laws
  • Sep 8 Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m
  • Sep 8 NL pres Bart Giamatti is unanimously elected baseball's 7th commissioner
  • Sep 9 Braves Bruce Sutter joins Fingers & Gossage to save 300 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 Chris Evert defaults at US Open due to a stomach flu

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 9 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose
  • Sep 9 "Look Away" single released by Chicago (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Sep 10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
  • Sep 10 Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson (Minnesota), 22, crowned 62nd Miss America 1989

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 108th Women's U.S. Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini (6-3, 3-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Sep 11 1/3 of population argues for Estonia autonomy
  • Sep 11 Betsy King wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
  • Sep 11 Sports Aid-jogging to feed the world
  • Sep 11 108th Men's U.S. Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4) in the longest final in the Open's history
  • Sep 12 1st NFL regular-season game played in Phoenix; Cowboys beat Card
  • Sep 12 Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica
  • Sep 13 10th time, 4 players hit baseball major-league record grand slams
  • Sep 13 9 hard/software manufacturers announce EISA computer bus in NY
  • Sep 13 Gilbert is strongest (26.13 barometer) hurricane in Western Hemisphere
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Raimund Theatre, Vienna
  • Sep 15 Lillehammer, Norway, upsets Anchorage to host 1994 Winter olympics
  • Sep 15 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
  • Sep 15 Test Cricket debut of Ian Healy, vs Pakistan at Karachi
  • Sep 16 Cincinnati Reds Tom Browning pitches a perfect game, beats LA Dodgers, 1-0
  • Sep 16 Fish leaves rock group Marillion
  • Sep 16 Javed Miandad completes 211, his 5th Test Cricket double, v Australia
  • Sep 16 Jury awards Valerie Harper $1.6 M in dispute over TV series
  • Sep 17 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea
  • Sep 17 Jeff Reardon becomes 1st to record 40 or more saves in both AL & NL
  • Sep 17 13th Toronto International Film Festival: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" directed by Pedro Almodovar wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 Coup in Haiti: General Prosper Avril takes control, Henri Namphy flees
  • Sep 18 Burma suspends its constitution
  • Sep 18 Juli Inkster wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • Sep 19 Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance
  • Sep 19 US Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 19 Bon Jovi release their 4th album "New Jersey" - most top ten hits of any rock/glam metal album (5)

Rock guitarist Richie Sambora
Rock guitarist
Richie Sambora
  • Sep 20 Darrell Evans hits his 400th career home run
  • Sep 20 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
  • Sep 20 Wade Boggs is 1st player to get 200 hits for 6 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 20 "Loving Proof" 2nd studio album by Ricky Van Shelton is released (Billboard Song of the Year 1989)
  • Sep 21 Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville, New Jersey home
  • Sep 22 Canada begins production of a $5 silver Maple Leaf bullion coin
  • Sep 22 South Korean coaches attack NZ referee after disputing his decision, Olympic Korean boxer stages a 67 minute sit-in
  • Sep 23 Fiji's new constitution is proposed
  • Sep 23 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs
  • Sep 23 Rosa Mota wins 2nd female olympic marathon (2:25:39)
  • Sep 23 Premiere of director Paul Schrader's crime biopic "Patty Hearst"
  • Sep 24 Barbara C Harris of Mass, elected 1st woman Episcopal bishop
  • Sep 24 Canada's Ben Johnson runs drug-assisted 100m in 9.79 sec

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Sep 24 Carl Lewis runs world record 100m (9.92 sec)

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Sep 24 Dave Stieb has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in the 9th
  • Sep 24 Jackie Joyner-Kersee of USA sets heptathlon woman's record (7,291)
  • Sep 25 Florence Griffith Joyner runs Olympic record 100m in 10.54s
  • Sep 25 Kathy Guadagnino wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • Sep 25 Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter & Matt Biondi, swim world record 4x100m freestyle (3:16.53)


Sep 25 Pope John Paul II beatifies Friar Junípero Serra (founder of 1st Californian missions)

Missionary Junípero Serra
Junípero Serra
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 26 Canada's Ben Johnson stripped of his 100-m gold failing drug test
  • Sep 26 NYC's Rockefeller Center declared a national landmark
  • Sep 26 Polish communist party picks propaganda chief Rakowski as new PM
  • Sep 26 US space shuttle STS-26 launched
  • Sep 27 Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story
  • Sep 27 Senate votes for major federal tax code changes

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Sep 27 The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded in Burma (Myanmar)

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Sep 28 Bronx Museum for Arts opens
  • Sep 28 Javed Miandad scores his 19th Test Cricket century (v Aus, Faisalabad)
  • Sep 28 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser sets record for consecutive scoreless inns
  • Sep 29 26th Space Shuttle mission, Discovery 7 launched
  • Sep 29 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 29 Florence Griffith Joyner of USA sets 200m woman's record (21.34)
  • Sep 29 UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
  • Sep 29 Union Station reopens in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 30 Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko retires as Soviet Foreign Minister
  • Sep 30 Dave Stieb loses 2nd consecutive no hitter bid with 2 outs in 9th
  • Sep 30 IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer
  • Sep 30 Louise Ritter, US, jumps 6'8" to win Olympic gold medal
  • Sep 30 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson appear on Barbara Walter's Show
  • Sep 30 LA Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale mark by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Gabriel Ferrari, American soccer player
  • Sep 1 Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Sep 2 Ishant Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • Sep 4 John Tyler Hammons, American politician
  • Sep 7 Kevin Love, American basketball player
  • Sep 8 Arrelious Benn, American football player
  • Sep 8 Chantal Jones, American fashion model
  • Sep 8 Caitlin Hill, Australian internet personality
  • Sep 10 Jordan Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 12 Aaron Sidwell, English actor
  • Sep 13 Keith Treacy, Irish footballer
  • Sep 14 Kirsten Haglund, American Beauty Queen
  • Sep 15 Chelsea Staub, American actress
  • Sep 16 Teddy Geiger, American singer
  • Sep 16 Sarah Steele, American actress
  • Sep 18 Annette Obrestad, Norwegian poker player
  • Sep 21 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician
  • Sep 22 Bethany Dillon, American musician
  • Sep 24 Karl Alzner, Canadian hockey player
  • Sep 24 Kyle Sullivan, American actor
  • Sep 24 Lisa Wang, American gymnast
  • Sep 26 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater
  • Sep 26 Mark Simpson, English clarinetist and composer
  • Sep 26 Lilly Singh, Canadian YouTube vlogger (IISuperwomanII), born in Scarborough, Toronto
  • Sep 28 Aleks Vrteski, Australian footballer
  • Sep 28 Esmée Denters, Dutch singer
  • Sep 29 Emily Evelyn Chase, daughter of Jayni & Chevy
  • Sep 29 Kevin Durant, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 29 Justin Nozuka, singer/songwriter

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 4 Actor Kevin Bacon marries actress Kyra Sedgwick

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 Actor Paul Gross (29) weds actress Martha Burns

Actor and Director Paul Gross
Actor and Director
Paul Gross

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Leonor Sullivan, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1955-77), dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948, dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Gert Fröbe [Karl Gerhart Fröbe], German actor (Goldfinger, Lover's Wood, Upper Hand), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • Sep 6 Leroy Brown, professional wrestler (b. 1950)
  • Sep 11 George Alpert, railroad executive, dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 11 John Sylvester White, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Sep 11 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), dies of a stroke at 53
  • Sep 12 Alan Bible, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • Sep 12 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass, dies at 71
  • Sep 14 Louis Quinn, actor (Unholy Rollers), dies at 73 of cancer
  • Sep 19 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
  • Sep 20 Roy Kinnear, actor (Casanova, Pirates, Scrooge, Help!), dies at 54
  • Sep 21 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • Sep 21 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • Sep 21 Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • Sep 21 Glenn Robert Davis, member of United States Congress (b. 1914
  • Sep 21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • Sep 22 Rezso Sugar, Hungarian composer, dies at 68
  • Sep 23 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 23 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, dies of cancer at 51
  • Sep 27 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • Sep 28 Ethel Grandin, silent screen actress (Deserter), dies at 94
  • Sep 28 Marjorie Bonner Lowry, actress (Reno, Poor Girls), dies at 83
  • Sep 29 Charles Addams, cartoonist (Addams Family), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Sep 30 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • Sep 30 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), dies at 83