What Happened in September 1993

Historical Events

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 Goran Ivanišević and Daniel Nestor play a 20–18 tiebreaker in their US Open first round match, eventually won by Ivanišević 6–4, 7–6, 7–6(20–18); longest tiebreak in US Open history

Music History

Sep 1 Revival of Peter Shaffer's farce double-bill "White Liars/Black Comedy" opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 38 performances

  • Sep 2 10th MTV Video Music Awards: Pearl Jam, En Vogue wins
  • Sep 2 Day of Peace in South Africa

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 4 Mats Wilander beats fellow Swede Mikael Pernfors in a US Open marathon 7-6, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4 in 4 hours, 1 minute; match ends at 2:26am

  • Sep 4 New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 4 Penn State University plays its first football game in the Big 10, beating Minnesota 38-20; quarterback John Sacca throws 4 touchdown passes to Bobby Engram
  • Sep 5 "Fool Moon" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 207 performances
  • Sep 5 "Jelly's Last Jam" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances

Film & TV History

Sep 5 F. Murray Abraham released from hospital after car accident

  • Sep 5 Musical "Will Rogers Follies" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances with 6 Tony Awards
  • Sep 5 Noureddine Morceli runs world record mile (3:44,39)


Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 28th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $46,014,922

  • Sep 7 Brazil votes over importing monarchy
  • Sep 7 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Mark Whiten hits 4 HRs & 12 RBIs in 15-2 win at Cincinnati Reds
  • Sep 8 Baseball's proposed switch to a three-division format OKed in AL
  • Sep 8 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros' 7-1 win over NY Mets
  • Sep 8 Wang Junxia creates a women's world record 10,000m (29:31.78) at the Chinese National Games
  • Sep 9 Croupier of casino in Bristol, England, shoots a 4 a record eight times
  • Sep 9 Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization exchange letters of mutual recognition
  • Sep 10 "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuts on Fox
  • Sep 10 1,000 Boeing 747 jumbo plane produced
  • Sep 11 Junxia Qu runs 1500m ladies' world record (3:50.46)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf wins 15th Grand Slam singles title, 3rd US title; beats Helena Suková 6-3, 6-3

Sports History

Sep 12 Paul Molitor at 37 is oldest to reach 100 RBIs for 1st time in career

  • Sep 12 STS-51 (Discovery) launches into orbit

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his second US title; beats Frenchman Cédric Pioline 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

  • Sep 12 Wang Junxia runs a women's 3000 m world record (8:12.29) at the Chinese National Games

Agreement of Interest

Sep 13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway, signed by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas

  • Sep 13 Queens, NYC begins required recycling
  • Sep 13 Wang Junxia runs a new women's 3000m world record (8:06.11) 1 day after setting previous record at the Chinese National Games
  • Sep 15 Liechtenstein prince Hans-Adam II disbands parliament

Music Single

Sep 15 Single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" sung by Meat Loaf and composed by Jim Steinman is released. Goes on to be No. 1 in 28 countries.

Television Premiere

Sep 16 "Frasier" starring Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce premieres on NBC

Baseball Record

Sep 16 Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield is 19th to get 3,000 hits

  • Sep 17 Last Russian troops leave Poland.
  • Sep 18 18th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Snapper" directed by Stephen Frears wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 18 Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994
  • Sep 18 LA Mighty Ducks play their 1st NHL pre-season game against Penguins
  • Sep 18 Trailing 3-1 with 2 outs in 9th, time is called prior to Mike Stanley pop out, gets a 2nd chance, & Yanks rally to beat Boston 4-3

Emmy Awards

Sep 19 45th Emmy Awards: Seinfeld, Picket Fences & Ted Danson win

  • Sep 19 Actress Michele Phillips (Knots Landing) is robbed at gunpoint
  • Sep 19 Kimberly Clarice Aiken, 18, Miss SC wins 67th Miss America
  • Sep 19 Parliamentary election in Poland
  • Sep 19 San Diego Chargers' kicker John Carney boots 6 field goals in an 18-17 win over Houston to set a new NFL record with 29 consecutive field goals made

Sports History

Sep 19 Tom Glavine wins 20 games in 3 straight years

Album Release

Sep 21 Melissa Etheridge releases her breakthrough second album "Yes I Am", featuring the single "I'm the Only One"

  • Sep 21 Ukraine government of Kutshma resigns
  • Sep 22 A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 is shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia

Sports History

Sep 22 Nolan Ryan, 46, pitches his last game

  • Sep 22 STS-51 (Discovery) lands

Historic Event

Sep 22 Supreme Soviet dismisses President Boris Yeltsin

  • Sep 22 Ukrainian Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma resigns due to the "slow pace of reform"
  • Sep 23 "Les Miserables" opens at Playhouse, Edinburgh
  • Sep 23 Paul Chu group reports super conduction at -123°C (record high)
  • Sep 24 1st Israeli killed by Islamics after PLO signs peace accord

Historic Event

Sep 24 Norodom Sihanouk again installed as King of Cambodia

  • Sep 26 Cubs bat out of order against Pirates in 2nd inning

Sports History

Sep 26 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; after race Prost announces his retirement at the end of the season

  • Sep 26 Indians win their last game at Cleveland Stadium, beating Brewers 6-4

Ryder Cup

Sep 26 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: US beats Europe, 15-13; Davis Love III secures victory for the US beating Costantino Rocca at the 18th, 1 up

  • Sep 26 Seattle's Randy Johnson joins 300-strikeout club
  • Sep 27 Actor Daniel Day-Lewis pleads guilty to speeding charges

Television Debut

Sep 27 British crime series "Cracker" created by Jimmy McGovern starring Robbie Coltrane debuts on ITV in the UK

  • Sep 27 The Sukhumi massacre takes place in Abkhazia.

Sports History

Sep 28 Dennis Martínez is 7th to win 100 games in AL & NL

  • Sep 28 Gas field in Caracas explodes, 53 killed
  • Sep 28 Ron Wood releases "Slide On Live"
  • Sep 29 "Grace Under Fire" starring Brett Butler debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 6.4 earthquake at Latur, India, 28,000 killed

Historic Event

Sep 30 US Army General Colin Powell retires at 56

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Ilona Mitrecey, French pop singer, born ("Un Monde parfait" ("A Perfect World")), born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France

Dominic ThiemDominic Thiem (29 years old)

Sep 3 Austrian tennis player (US Open 2020, ATP Finals 2019), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria

  • Sep 3 Rina Koike, Japanese junior idol, born in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Sep 5 Gage Golightly, American actress (The Troop), born in Penn Valley, California
  • Sep 7 Joshua Wilkinson, prince of self proclaimed principality sealand
  • Sep 10 Sam Kerr, Australian soccer striker and captain (99 caps; Perth Glory, Chicago Red Stars; Chelsea), born in East Fremantle, Australia
  • Sep 13 Niall Horan, Irish Pop singer (One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"), born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • Sep 16 Bryson DeChambeau, American golfer (US Open 2020), born in Modesto, California
  • Sep 16 Tayla Parx [Taylor Parks], American songwriter, singer, and actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Sep 18 Zozibini Tunzi, South African model and beauty queen, (Miss Universe 2019), born in Tsolo, South Africa
  • Sep 21 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean golfer, (US Open 2017; Women's PGA C'ship 2018), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Sep 24 Ben Platt, American actor (Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Sep 29 Carlos Salcedo, Mexican footballer, born in Guadalajara, Mexico

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 4 Five-time U.S. national champion figure pair skater Jerod Swallow (26) weds his partner Elizabeth Punsalen
  • Sep 5 "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" actress Nia Vardalos (30) weds "Felicity" actor Ian Gomez (28)

Ralph Fiennes

Sep 5 Actor Ralph Fiennes marries actress Alex Kingston (divorced 1997)

  • Sep 5 Robocop Richard Eden (36) weds actress Shannon Hile (30)

Loretta Young

Sep 10 Actress Loretta Young (80) weds costume designer Jean Louis (85)

Merle Haggard

Sep 11 Country singer Merle Haggard (56) weds (fifth and final time) Theresa Ann Lane at his ranch near Redding, California

  • Sep 16 Singer Karen Akers (48) weds businessman Kevin Powers (41)

Shannen Doherty

Sep 24 Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty (Brenda) weds Ashley Hamilton

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Eugen Malmstén, Finnish jazz trumpeter, singer, band leader, and songwriter, dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter and communist, dies at 80
  • Sep 1 Hew Lorimer, British sculptor, dies at 86
  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Wijchers, film publicist (Havenloods, Sextant), dies at 89
  • Sep 1 Neon Park [Martin Muller], American illustrator of album covers (Little Feat; Frank Zappa), dies of ALS at 52
  • Sep 2 Eric Berry, English/American actor (Pippin, 49th Parallel), dies at 80
  • Sep 2 John [Eoin] Higgins, Northern Ireland supreme court justice (1984-93), dies at 66
  • Sep 3 Leon Liebgold, Polish American actor/chairman (Hebrew Actors Union), dies at 83
  • Sep 4 Clyde Adler, American writer and voice actor (Soupy Sales Show - "White Fang"; "Black Tooth"), dies at 67
  • Sep 4 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), shoots self to death at 50
  • Sep 4 Mehmet Sincar, Turkish/Kurd MP, murdered
  • Sep 5 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), dies at 78
  • Sep 5 John Truscott, Australian set designer (Camelot), dies at 57
  • Sep 5 Mohamed Tabet, Moroccan police commissar of Casablanca, convicted of sexually abusing over 1,500 women, executed at 54
  • Sep 5 René Klijn, Dutch singer (Mr Blue), dies of AIDS at 30)
  • Sep 5 Willem Wagter, actor (Ghetto, Medic Center West), dies at 60
  • Sep 6 Josephine Rich Corday, vaudevillian, dies of kidney failure at 79
  • Sep 7 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, dies of esophageal cancer at 56
  • Sep 8 Hall Bartlett, American director (Jonathan Livingston Seagull), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Lorin "Whitey" Harrison, surfer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Sep 8 Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, Egyptian philosopher/author/diplomat, dies at 88
  • Sep 9 David Tendlar, animator (Betty Boop), dies
  • Sep 9 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), dies of cancer at 74
  • Sep 10 Janice Carroll, American actress (End, April Fools), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 10 Josef Odložil, Czech Athlete (1500m Olympic silver 1964), dies after a fight with his son at 54
  • Sep 10 Rita Karin, Polish-Latvia/American actress (Sophie's Choice), dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Stuart Rose, British designer (British Post Office), dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Antoine Izmery, Haitian businessman/advisor to President Aristide, murdered by paramilitaries
  • Sep 11 Erich Leinsdorf, Austrian-born American conductor, dies at 81
  • Sep 12 Charles Lamont, actor and director (Abbott & Costello movies), dies at 95
  • Sep 12 Harold Innocent, English actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), dies at 60
  • Sep 12 Herman Nieland, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 12 Raymond Burr, Canadian-American actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • Sep 14 Peter Tranchell, British composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 15 (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanaian drummer, percussionist and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 15 Ethan Allen, American baseball center fielder (inventor Cadaco-Ellis board game All Star Baseball; Yale University), dies at 89
  • Sep 15 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
  • Sep 15 Herman Meyer, Germanist (Deutsche Dichtung), dies at 82
  • Sep 16 Johanna Zandstra-Giezen, Dutch supercentenarian (oldest person in Netherland), dies at 111 years and 9 days
  • Sep 16 Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australian Aboriginal political activist and writer (We Are Going), dies at 72
  • Sep 16 Willie Mosconi, American pool player (World C'ship pocket billiards 1941-57), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Sep 17 Christian Nyby, American director (Big Sleep, Thing), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 19 Bruce Ferden, American conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • Sep 19 Richard Landau, American screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies at 79
  • Sep 20 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Leonard Parkin, British TV host (ITN), dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Loan Volkerijk, Dutch baseball coach (ADO), dies at 65
  • Sep 21 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian-French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • Sep 21 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraqi-English-Dutch actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • Sep 22 Margaret MacDonald, maid to Queen Elizabeth, dies at 89
  • Sep 23 William Cort, actor/producer (Ghost, Dear Heart), dies of cancer at 53
  • Sep 24 Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian nuclear physicist, dies at 80
  • Sep 24 Ian Stuart Donaldson, British punk rocker (Screwdriver), dies in a car crash at 36
  • Sep 24 Zita Johann, Hungarian/American actress (Mummy), dies at 89
  • Sep 26 James Boyden, British Labour MP (1959-79), dies at 82
  • Sep 26 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), dies at 53
  • Sep 26 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), dies at 93
  • Sep 27 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle (1896-1993)

Sep 27 American air force general who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, dies at 96

  • Sep 28 Alexander A. Drabik, American soldier (b. 1910)
  • Sep 28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • Sep 28 Gustavo Brillembourg, Venez/US advocate, dies in an accident at 35
  • Sep 28 Peter De Vries, cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 83
  • Sep 29 Ghuslam Wyne, Pakistani politician, Chief Minister of Punjab, murdered at 60
  • Sep 29 Gordon Douglas, American actor and director (Tony Rome), dies of cancer at 85
  • Sep 29 Gordon Douglas, American director (Call Me Mr Tibbs, Our Gang), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Alex Lyon, British politician (Labor Lower house leader, 1966-83), dies at 61
  • Sep 30 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Arendsoog.. premiejager), dies at 57
  • Sep 30 Ronnie Aldrich, British easy listening and jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • Sep 30 Tony Brafa, American actor (The Naked Gun - "Enrico Pallazzo"), dies at 72