On This Day

What Happened in September 1991

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 Japanese runner Hiromi Taniguchi wins the marathon in 2:14:57 at the World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 1 Richard J Kerr, serves as acting director of CIA

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 26th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,071,657

  • Sep 2 US officially recognizes independence of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania

Album Release

Sep 2 "Ropin' the Wind" 3rd studio album by Garth Brooks is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1992)

  • Sep 3 48th Venice Film Festival: "Close to Eden" directed by Nikita Mikhalkov wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 "Most Happy Fella" opens at NY State Theater NYC
  • Sep 4 Rte 35 Theater in Hazlit, last drive-in in NJ, closes

Baseball Record

Sep 4 MLB Statistical Accuracy Committee votes to drop asterisk next to Roger Maris' 1961 home run record of 61 (passing Babe Ruth's 60) & determine an official no hitter must go at least 9 innings

  • Sep 5 8th MTV Video Music Awards: REM wins

Historic Event

Sep 5 Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress

  • Sep 6 33rd Walker Cup: US, 14-10
  • Sep 6 Ronald Venetiaan chosen president of Suriname
  • Sep 6 USSR recognizes the independence of the 3 Baltic republics (Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania)
  • Sep 6 The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
  • Sep 7 1st South African international competition in 25 years, gymnastics
  • Sep 7 Die Laughing wins Messenger Stakes
  • Sep 7 Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer passes NCAA record 11,606 yards
  • Sep 8 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Jim Kelly passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pittsburgh Steelers (52-34)
  • Sep 8 Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins his first US title; beats American Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0

Sports History

Sep 9 Mike Tyson indicted for rape of Desiree Washington

  • Sep 9 Only 1,695 fans watch Boston Red Sox play Cleveland

Historic Event

Sep 10 Senate Committee begins hearings on Clarence Thomas' nomination

  • Sep 10 Gail Devers runs US female record 100m hurdles (12.48 secs)

Music Single

Sep 10 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

  • Sep 11 "La Toya: Growing Up in The Jackson Family" goes on sale
  • Sep 11 14 die in a Continental Express commuter plane crash near Houston
  • Sep 11 NY Yankees final game at Baltimore Oriole's Memorial Stadium
  • Sep 11 Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers & Alejandro Pena pitched 1st combined no-hitter in NL, beating San Diego Padres, 1-0

Sports History

Sep 12 Nolan Ryan's 4-3 victory over Twins is his 312th career win

  • Sep 12 Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) launched
  • Sep 13 55 ton concrete beam falls in Montreal's Olympic Stadium

Sports History

Sep 13 Joe Carter 1st baseball player with 3 consecutive 100 RBI seasons with 3 different teams (Indians, Padres, Blue Jays)

  • Sep 13 Kim Zmeskal is 1st American to win a medal at World Gymnastics Championships, she wins the gold with 39.848 pts
  • Sep 14 Carolyn Suzanne Sapp (Hawaii), 24, crowned 65th Miss America 1992
  • Sep 14 San Diego State freshman running back Marshall Faulk rushes for NCAA record 386 yards and scores 7 touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific, 55-34
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 14 16th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Fisher King" directed by Terry Gilliam wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 15 "Party Machine with Nia Peeples" final show
  • Sep 15 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Nancy Scranton wins by 3 shots from Debbie Massey
  • Sep 15 US women's gymnastics team win 1st World Championships medal (silver)
  • Sep 16 Atlanta's Otis Nixon suspended for rest of 1991 due to cocaine

Historic Event

Sep 16 US trial of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega begins

  • Sep 16 Norm Charlton suspended for 7 days for intentionally hitting Steve Scioscia with a pitch
  • Sep 17 4,355 turn out to see Expos play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 17 UN admits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, North & South Korea, Marshall Islands & Micronesia
  • Sep 17 The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
  • Sep 18 American Major League Baseball executive John Hart becomes general manager of Cleveland Indians
  • Sep 18 NCAA places Tennessee on 2 years probation for football recruiting violations
  • Sep 18 Robert Helmick resigns as president of US Olympic Committee
  • Sep 18 Space shuttle STS 48 (Discovery 14) lands
  • Sep 18 Yugoslavia begins a naval blockade of 7 Adriatic port cities.
  • Sep 19 Colt Precious Bunny wins the 46th Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio
  • Sep 19 Ötzi the Iceman, 3,300 BCE old mummy discovered by German tourists in Italian alps
  • Sep 20 Lion's Terry Taylor reinstated after 1 year drug related suspension
  • Sep 21 Armenia votes on whether to remain in Soviet Union
  • Sep 21 USA Basketball announces "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics
  • Sep 22 ABN & AMRO Dutch banks merge
  • Sep 22 California University makes Dead Sea Scrolls public
  • Sep 22 Harry Gant wins NSACAR Goody's 500

Sports History

Sep 22 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory

  • Sep 22 NY MTA yanks 6,000 ads for "Dr Tusch" (Dr Jeffrey Lavigne)
  • Sep 24 "Good & Evil" & "Sibs" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 24 After 3 year reign as AL champs, A's are eliminated from AL West

Sports History

Sep 24 Deion Sanders, left Braves July 31 to report to NFL Falcons, returns

  • Sep 24 Robin Yount is 37th to hit 2,000 singles

Album Release

Sep 24 Rock band Nirvana release their second studio album "Nevermind"

  • Sep 25 "Good & Evil" premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 25 Paramount at Madison Square Garden in NYC opens

Sports History

Sep 25 3rd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m

  • Sep 26 2 year experimental Biosphere 2 in Oracle Arizona begins
  • Sep 27 "Princesses" premieres on CBS TV

Historic Event

Sep 27 US President George H. W. Bush decides to end full-time B-52 bombers alert

  • Sep 27 1st scheduled NHL exhibition game in St Petersburg Fla, is cancelled due to poor ice conditions (NY Islanders vs Boston Bruins)
  • Sep 28 "Commish" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Good Time" by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers peaks at #85
  • Sep 28 "Love Of A Lifetime" by Firehouse peaks at #5
  • Sep 28 "Shiny Happy People" by REM peaks to #10
  • Sep 28 NY Yankees set record of 75 games without a complete pitched game
  • Sep 28 UN weapons inspectors ends 5-day standoff with Iraq

Film Premiere

Sep 29 Gus Van Sant's film "My Own Private Idaho" starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix premieres

Ryder Cup

Sep 29 Ryder Cup Golf, Kiahwa Island GR: US beats Europe, 14½-13½; Bernhard Langer misses 6-foot par putt which would have clinched 14-all tie and retained Cup for Europe

  • Sep 29 Pat Bradley wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic at the Los Coyotes CC; her third LPGA title of the month
  • Sep 30 Rev Jean Betrand Aristide ousted as president of Haiti

Television Debut

Sep 30 Jerry Springer's tabloid talk show "The Jerry Springer Show" debuts on TV


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 4 Carter Jenkins, American actor, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Sep 5 Skandar Keynes, English actor, born in London, England
  • Sep 17 Jordan McCoy, American entertainer
  • Sep 19 Demelza Reveley, Australian model who won the 4th season of Australia's Next Top Model, born in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Sep 20 Spencer Locke, American actress
  • Sep 21 Jordan Hasay, American track and field athlete
  • Sep 21 Ingrid Andress, American country music singer ("More Hearts Than Mine"), born in Southfield, Michigan
  • Sep 27 Adam Chicksen, English Football Player
  • Sep 27 Simona Halep, Romanian tennis player (French Open 2018, Wimbledon 2019), born in Constanța, Romania

Famous Weddings

John Travolta

Sep 5 American actor John Travolta (37) weds American actress Kelly Preston (28) at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, France

  • Sep 7 American actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Nicollette Sheridan
  • Sep 12 American actor John Travolta (37) weds American actress Kelly Preston (28) (again) in Daytona Beach, Florida

Magic Johnson

Sep 15 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly

Willie Nelson

Sep 16 American country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee

David Mamet

Sep 22 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon

Kate Jackson

Sep 29 Actress Kate Jackson (42) weds ski-lodge entrepreneur Tom Hart in Brentwood


Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Mark Robinson, British actor (The Girl), dies at 30
  • Sep 1 Steve Kemp, British light enterpeneur, dies
  • Sep 1 Elise Hoomans, Dutch director and actress (Jane Eyre, Barocco), dies at 76
  • Sep 2 Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican foreign minister (Nobel 1982), dies
  • Sep 2 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies

Frank Capra

Sep 3 Frank Capra, Italian-AmericanAcademy Award-winning film director (It's a Wonderful Life; It Happened One Nigh; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 94

  • Sep 3 Henri de Lubac, French theologist and antifascist, dies at 95
  • Sep 4 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • Sep 4 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • Sep 4 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • Sep 4 Tom Tryon, American actor (The Cardinal, All That Glitters, The Longest Day) and novelist (The Other), dies of stomach cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Bob Goldham, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1922)
  • Sep 6 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), executed in the electric chair at 58
  • Sep 7 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • Sep 7 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), dies of cancer at 58
  • Sep 7 John Crosby, American columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • Sep 7 John Lawrence, examined effect of neutron radiation on fabric, dies
  • Sep 8 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), dies of cancer at 80 [1]
  • Sep 8 Brad Davis, American actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), dies at 41
  • Sep 8 Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies
  • Sep 8 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • Sep 9 Edwin M. McMillan, American physicist and discoverer of plutonium (Nobel 1951), dies at 83
  • Sep 9 John Lawrence, doctor, dies
  • Sep 9 Joop Zwart, Dutch political activist and resistance fighter, dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Paul Michael Lombardi, actor, dies of AIDS at 31
  • Sep 10 Sarah Sally Lawrence, entertainer, dies at 61
  • Sep 10 Yves Montand [Ivo Livi], Italian-French actor (Z; Napoleon; Grand Prix), and singer, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Sep 10 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Ernst Herbeck, German Poet (b. 1920)
  • Sep 12 Jacques Benoit [JJM Bayer], poet, dies
  • Sep 12 Regis Toomey, American actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), dies at 93
  • Sep 13 Ferry Barendse, Dutch trumpeter, composer, and singer (Ramblers), dies at 80
  • Sep 13 Joe Pasternak, Hungarian-American film producer (Spinout, Big City), dies of Parkinson's at 73
  • Sep 13 Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)
  • Sep 13 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 84
  • Sep 14 Julie Bovasso, American actress (Willie & Phil, Just Me & You), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 14 Russell Lynes, American art historian and magazine editor (b. 1910)
  • Sep 15 Andre Baruch, Radio/TV announcer dies at 83
  • Sep 15 John Hoyt, American actor (Gimme a Break, Tom Dick & Mary), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • Sep 15 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 16 Carol White, actress (Prehistoric Women, Dulcima), dies at 47
  • Sep 17 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Philharmonic-1939), dies at 89
  • Sep 18 Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 - Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 21 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), dies at 83
  • Sep 21 JA Mommersteeg, Dutch state sect of Defense (KVP), dies
  • Sep 22 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies at 91
  • Sep 22 Reynold Abel Dorris, (Broken Cord), dies at 23 in car crash
  • Sep 23 Ernestine McClendon, director/actress (Homer & Eddie), dies
  • Sep 23 Patrick Hamilton, English author and playwright (Gas Light, Rope, Angel Street), dies at 58
  • Sep 24 Mary Lawrence, actress (Best Man), dies of respiratory failure at 73

Dr. Seuss

Sep 24 Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], American children's author (The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham), dies of cancer at 87

  • Sep 24 Peter Bellamy, English folk singer, commits suicide at 47

Klaus Barbie

Sep 25 Klaus Barbie, Gestapo chief (Butcher of Lyon), dies of cancer at 77

  • Sep 25 Max Koot, royal photographer, dies
  • Sep 25 Viviane Romance [Pauline Ronacher Ortmanns], French actress (Panic, Queen's Necklace), dies at 79
  • Sep 25 Lydia Cabrera, Cuban Anthropologist, dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Billy Vaughn, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader ("Sail Along Sil'vry Moon"), dies of stomach cancer at 72
  • Sep 27 Huib Orizand, Dutch actor (Paul Vlanderen), dies
  • Sep 27 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • Sep 27 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies at 66
  • Sep 29 Gijsbert Perlee, Amsterdam's organ builder/grinder (Arabian), dies
  • Sep 29 Sam Ntuli, South African community pleader and negotiator, murdered
  • Sep 29 Zapata Jaw [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • Sep 30 Nancy Welford, entertainer, dies at 87