On This Day

What Happened in September 1989

Historical Events

Tennis Open

Sep 1 Chris Evert becomes the first player ever to win 100 matches in the US National/Open Tennis Championship by beating Patricia Tarabinia 6-2, 6-4

Musical Finale

Sep 1 Revival of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 804 performances

  • Sep 1 Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their separation

Film Premiere

Sep 1 "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Historic Event

Sep 2 Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

  • Sep 3 American tennis star Chris Evert beats 15-year-old Monica Seles 6-0, 6-2 in a 4th round match for her 101st and last US Open singles victory

Musical Finale

Sep 3 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 764 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Sep 3 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Monday demonstrations demanding political reforms begin at St Nicholas's church in Leipzig, East Germany, would later be replicated around the country
  • Sep 5 Chris Evert's final US Open tennis match; defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-2 in the quarter finals
  • Sep 5 Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show

Television Premiere

Sep 5 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV

  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 6 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • Sep 6 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution

Baseball Record

Sep 8 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

  • Sep 8 Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 8 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)

Sports History

Sep 10 Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first

  • Sep 10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • Sep 10 East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary and Czechoslovakia)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his only US title; beats Czech Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6

  • Sep 10 Indianapolis running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
  • Sep 11 Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
  • Sep 11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Historic Event

Sep 13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

  • Sep 13 Fay Vincent elected baseball's 8th commissioner
  • Sep 14 Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • Sep 14 Jeff Reardon is 1st to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 15 The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • Sep 16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • Sep 16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Sep 17 41st Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • Sep 17 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • Sep 19 French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • Sep 19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)

Television Debut

Sep 19 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Album Release

Sep 19 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

  • Sep 20 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • Sep 21 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • Sep 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Leon Durham suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Sep 22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup: US & Europe draw, 14-14 at The Belfry, England
  • Sep 24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • Sep 25 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • Sep 25 Ronald Harwood's play "Another Time" premieres in London
  • Sep 25 Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 26 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia

Historic Event

Sep 26 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons

  • Sep 27 Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • Sep 27 Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash

Music History

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Eagles bandmate Don Henley on stage, for 1st time since 1981

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

  • Sep 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension

Baseball Record

Sep 30 Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout

  • Sep 30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • Sep 30 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • Sep 30 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Juliana Lohmann, Brazilian actress
  • Sep 2 Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 2 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian Playback Singer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 6 Nikos Boutzikos, Greek footballer, born in Polygyros, Greece
  • Sep 7 Jonathan Majors, American actor (Lovecraft Country), born in Lompoc, California
  • Sep 8 Wiz Khalifa [Cameron Thomaz] American rapper (See You Again), born in Minot, North Dakota

Avicii

Sep 8 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer ("Levels"; "Wake Me Up"; "Sunshine"), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2018)

  • Sep 8 Gylfi Sigurdsson, Icelandic footballer (Everton, Iceland), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Sep 8 Domee Shi, Chinese-Canadian animator (Pixar, 2011-present), director and screenwriter (Turning Red), born in Chongqing, China

Thomas Müller

Sep 13 Thomas Müller, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Weilheim in Oberbayern, West Germany

  • Sep 13 Precious Lee, American model, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sep 14 Tony Finau, American golfer (Ryder Cup 2018; British Open 2019 3rd), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sep 14 Jesse James, American actor (The Amityville Horror), born in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 14 Jimmy Butler, American NBA player (Chicago Bulls), born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 17 Jonathan McReynolds, American gospel musician (Make Room), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 20 Malachi Kirby, English actor (Small Axe), born in London, England
  • Sep 21 Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, American skateboarder
  • Sep 21 Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter ("Whatcha Say"; "Wiggle"), and dancer, born in Miramar, Florida
  • Sep 23 Brandon Jennings, American basketball player
  • Sep 26 Emma Rigby, English actress, born in St Helens, United Kingdom
  • Sep 26 Jonny Bairstow, English cricket wicket-keeper (only English wicket-keeper to twice claim 9 dismissals in a Test match; Yorkshire CCC), born in Bradford, England
  • Sep 27 Park Tae-Hwan, South Korean swimmer
  • Sep 28 Mark Randall, English footballer
  • Sep 29 Adore Delano [Daniel Noriega], American drag queen, singer-songwriter, actor and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Azusa, California

Famous Weddings

Michael Jordan

Sep 2 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Sam Neill

Sep 2 Actor Sam Neill (41) weds actress Noriko Watanabe (24)

Björn Borg

Sep 4 Tennis star Björn Borg (33) weds rock singer Loredana Berte (39) in a civil wedding

Natalie Cole

Sep 16 American pop singer Natalie Cole (39) weds American drummer and record producer Andre Fisher; divorce 1995

Ivan Lendl

Sep 16 Tennis player Ivan Lendl (29) weds Samantha Frankel in Greenwich, Connecticut

Zina Garrison

Sep 23 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Larry Bird

Sep 30 NBA legend Larry Bird (32) weds long-time girlfriend Dinah Mattingly in Terre Haute, Indiana


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 A. Bartlett Giamatti, American executive (MLB Commissioner 1989; President Yale University 1978-86), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Sep 1 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • Sep 3 Rip Sewell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1943–46; NL wins leader 1943; Pittsburgh Pirates 1938–49), dies at 82
  • Sep 3 Gaetano Scirea, Italian soccer defender (78 caps, FIFA World Cup 1982; Juventus 377 games), dies in a car accident at 36
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • Sep 4 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian, dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • Sep 10 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (32 Tests for WI), murdered at 68
  • Sep 12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • Sep 13 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • Sep 14 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies at 88
  • Sep 14 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies of a stroke at 71
  • Sep 15 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies at 66
  • Sep 15 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Jay Stewart, American TV and Radio announcer (Let's Make a Deal), commits suicide at 71 by shooting himself in the carport of his home
  • Sep 19 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • Sep 19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 20 Richie Ginther, American racing driver, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Sep 21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies

Irving Berlin

Sep 22 Irving Berlin [Israel Beilin], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), dies at 101 [1] [2]

  • Sep 22 Jan Teulings, Dutch actor and director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies at 84
  • Sep 26 Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome
  • Sep 26 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, dies at 80

Ferdinand Marcos

Sep 28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

  • Sep 28 John Gart, Russian orchestra leader (Paul Winchell Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 29 August A. "Gussie" Busch, American brewing magnate and baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • Sep 30 Virgil Thomson, American composer and music critic (Four Saints in Three Acts; Louisiana Story), dies at 92