On This Day

What Happened in September 1994

Historical Events

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 8-time major winner Ivan Lendl (34) plays his final professional tennis match; forced to retire with back pain trailing Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 1-0 in the 2nd round of the US Open

  • Sep 1 51st Venice Film Festival: "Before the Rain" directed by Milco Mancevski and "Vive L'Amour" directed by Tsai Ming-Liang jointly awarded Golden Lion

World Record

Sep 2 Spanish road cyclist Miguel Induráin sets UCI hour world record distance 53.04 kilometers in Bordeaux, France

  • Sep 3 Circulation of Neth Telegraph/News of the Day reaches 800,000
  • Sep 3 Florida's Terry Dean tosses an NCAA football record 7 touchdown passes in the first half as the Gators roll to a 70-21 drubbing of New Mexico State
  • Sep 3 Miami rout Georgia Southern 56-0, breaking NCAA football record with its 58th consecutive home win; Alabama won 57 straight at home between 1962-82
  • Sep 4 Bulgarian government of Lyuben Berov falls
  • Sep 4 Tom Tupa scores the first 2-point conversion in NFL history, running in a fake extra point attempt for the Cleveland Browns in a 28-20 win at Cincinnati
  • Sep 4 Kansai International airport officially opens near Osaka, Japan

NFL Record

Sep 4 Miami quarterback Dan Marino throws 5 touchdown passes in Dolphins' 39-35 win over New England; sets NFL record with his 18th game of 4-or-more touchdown passes

  • Sep 4 Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy; becomes first female to win back-to-back world titles in the event


Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 29th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $47,100,000

  • Sep 5 Jingyi Le swims world record 100m women's freestyle (54.01 sec)
  • Sep 5 Kirgizia government resigns

NFL Record

Sep 5 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

Film & TV History

Sep 6 Actor Jackson Pinckney awarded $487,000 for being partially blinded by Jean-Claude Van Damme during filming of "Cyborg"

  • Sep 6 Franziska van Almsick swims female record 200m freestyle (1:56.78)
  • Sep 6 Tom Dolan swims world record 400m medley (4:12.30)
  • Sep 7 Jingyi Le, Ying Shan, Ying Le and Bin Lu swimming 4x100 freestyle (3:37.91)
  • Sep 8 "Philadelphia, Here I Come" opens at Criterion NYC for 52 performances
  • Sep 8 Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
  • Sep 8 Man shoots another man on IRT #4 train at Grand Central Station
  • Sep 8 USAir Boeing 737 crashes at Pitts Airport, killing all 132 on board
  • Sep 8 Sri Lanka defeat Australia to win Singer World Series at Colombo
  • Sep 9 Space shuttle STS 64 (Discovery 20) launches into orbit
  • Sep 9 Tu-22 crashes into Aeroflot Tu-134a at Zhukovsky, 7 killed
  • Sep 10 Chong Hey swims female record 400m medley (4:01.67)/100m backstroke

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her only US singles title; beats Steffi Graf 1-6, 7-6, 6-4

Emmy Awards

Sep 11 46th Emmy Awards: Frasier, Picket Fences and Kelsey Grammer win

  • Sep 11 Jingyi Le swims female world record 50m freestyle

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins first US title; beats Michael Stich of Germany 6-1, 7-6, 7-5

  • Sep 12 Frank Eugene Corder crashes a Cessna plane into the south lawn of the White House, killing himself
  • Sep 12 American country singer-songwriter George Jones undergoes successful triple bypass surgery
  • Sep 12 Parti Québécois wins parliamentary election
  • Sep 13 George Burns undergoes surgery to drain fluid from his brain
  • Sep 13 Space probe Ulyssus passes south pole of Sun
  • Sep 13 "Ready To Die" debut studio album by The Notorious B.I.G. released
  • Sep 14 MLB team owners vote to cancel remainder of 1994 season, as well as the World Series for only the second time in history, continuing labor dispute with Players Association
  • Sep 15 "Sound of Motown" premieres in Rotterdam
  • Sep 15 Dennis Richardson sworn in as head of St Maarten
  • Sep 15 Muslim fundamentalists kidnap & behead 16 citizens in Algeria
  • Sep 16 Fire Department puts out smokey electrical fire in the White House
  • Sep 17 Andy Waller out handled the ball for Mashonaland CD v Mash U24
  • Sep 17 Heather Whitestone, 21, (Ala), crowned 68th Miss America 1995
  • Sep 17 19th Toronto International Film Festival: "Priest" directed by Antonia Bird wins the People's Choice Award

President's Cup

Sep 18 1st Presidents Cup Golf, Robert Trent Jones GC: Davis Love III is undefeated as US beats International team, 20-12 in inaugural event

  • Sep 18 Austrian conservative FVP wins election; extreme right gets 18.5%

Television Premiere

Sep 18 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" premieres on PBS (Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series)

  • Sep 18 Sweden social-democratic SPD wins parliamentary election

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 18 Farm Aid VII held in New Orleans, Louisiana; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee, Kris Kristofferson, Al Hirt, and Pete Fountain [1]

  • Sep 19 3,000 US militia lands on Haiti
  • Sep 19 Swedish government of Bildt resigns

Television Premiere

Sep 19 "ER" premieres on NBC, created by Michael Crichton, starring George Clooney, Anthony Edwards and Noah Wyle

  • Sep 20 Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands
  • Sep 21 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Laud/Miami Fl (WBGG 105.9 FM)
  • Sep 22 Rasmussen government in Denmark resigns

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

Film Release

Sep 23 "The Shawshank Redemption", directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, is released

  • Sep 24 Parliamentary election in Ukraine

Historic Event

Sep 24 National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 25 Oliver McCall TKOs Lennox Lewis in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Sep 26 Estonia government of Prime Minister Mart Laar was defeated by no-confidence vote
  • Sep 26 Switzerland bans racist propaganda
  • Sep 28 Ken Burn's documentary miniseries "Baseball" TV Miniseries last airs on PBS
  • Sep 28 "Cats" 5,000th Broadway performance, joining "A Chorus Line" and "Oh! Calcutta!" in the 5,000 club

Film Premiere

Sep 28 "Ed Wood" film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp premieres

  • Sep 28 909 people die when an Estonian ferry capsizes & sinks in Baltic sea

Murder of Interest

Sep 29 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)

  • Sep 29 House votes to end lobbyists buying meals & entertainment for Congress
  • Sep 29 Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Sep 30 Space shuttle STS-68 (Endeavour 7), launches into orbit
  • Sep 30 Sylvestre Ntibantunganya elected president of Burundi
  • Sep 30 Vladimir Meciars HZDDS wins Slovakia parliamentary election

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Bianca Ryan, American pop singer and songwriter, 1st winner of "America's Got Talent", born in Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Sep 1 Kyōhei Sorita, Japanese classical pianist, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 1 Matt Fitzpatrick, English golfer (US Open 2022; U.S. Amateur 2013; British Masters 2015), born in Sheffield, England
  • Sep 8 Bruno Fernandes, Portuguese football player (Manchester United, Portugal), born in Maia, Portugal
  • Sep 11 Ei Thinzar Maung, Burmese politician and activist, born in Burma
  • Sep 12 RM [Kim Nam-joon], South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Ilsan, South Korea
  • Sep 12 Elina Svitolina, Ukrainian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2018), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Sep 15 Wout van Aert, Belgium cyclist, born in Herentals, Flanders
  • Sep 17 Taylor Ware, American yodeler
  • Sep 19 Alex Etel, British actor (From Time to Time), born in Machester, England
  • Sep 25 Jansen Panettiere, American actor, born in Palisades, New York
  • Sep 26 Marcell Jacobs, Italian track athlete (Olympic gold - men's 100m 2020; first Italian to win the event), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Sep 29 Halsey [Ashley Frangipane], American singer-songwriter (Without Me), born in Edison, New Jersey

Famous Weddings

  • Sep 17 "L.A. Law" actor Blair Underwood (30) weds freelance talent coordinator Desiree DaCosta (29)
  • Sep 17 "Stone Temple Pilots" lead singer Scott Weiland 26) weds Janina Castenada

Famous Divorces

  • Sep 17 Princess Christina separates

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Clifford Leofric Purdy Bishop, Anglican pastor and bishop, dies at 88
  • Sep 1 Pieter C "Piet" Author, sailor/corrector, dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Wallis Mathias, Pakistan cricket batsman (21 Tests; first non-Muslim to play for Pakistan), dies at 59
  • Sep 1 Boris Malenko, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • Sep 2 Detlef Macha, German DR cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35
  • Sep 2 Harry Vincent Kemp, poet, dies at 82
  • Sep 2 Mildred Mcafee Horton, US 1st head mistress of WAVES, dies
  • Sep 2 Richard M Major, US anti-terror specialist (CIA Red Book), dies at 72
  • Sep 2 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Sep 3 Billy Wright, English soccer defender (105 caps, captain x 90; Wolverhampton Wanderers 490 games) and manager (Arsenal 1962-66), dies at 70
  • Sep 3 James T. Aubrey, American television executive (President of the CBS television network 1959-65), dies of heart attack at 75
  • Sep 3 Major Lance, American soul singer ("The Monkey Time"; "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um",), dies between 52 and 55 [year of birth disputed]
  • Sep 3 Marijke Vetter, Dutch journalist, dies at 82
  • Sep 3 Nikos Ghika, Greek artist, dies at 88
  • Sep 3 Roswell Gilbert, who mercy killed his ailing wife, dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, dies at 66
  • Sep 4 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 64
  • Sep 4 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), dies at 81
  • Sep 5 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • Sep 5 Teddy Millington-Drake, English painter, dies at 62
  • Sep 5 John Newman, Australian state politician (Labor), murdered at 47 by local club owner and political opponent Phuong Ngo who had run against Newman as an independent
  • Sep 6 Duccio Tessari, Italian director, dies of cancer at 67
  • Sep 6 James Clavell, author/director (King Rat, Shogun), dies at 69
  • Sep 6 Max Kaminsky, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Max Kaminsky Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Nicky Hopkins, British rock session pianist (Rolling Stones (1967-75); The Who - "Getting In Tune"; The Kinks - "Sunny Afternoon"; Beatles - "Revolution"; John Lennon - "Jealous Guy"; Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies after surgical complications at 50
  • Sep 6 Wolf Donner, Austrian movie historian/festival director, dies at 55
  • Sep 7 Dennis Morgan [Stanley], American actor (21 Beacon Street), dies at 85
  • Sep 7 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist, dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), dies at 69
  • Sep 7 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), dies of at 79
  • Sep 8 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), dies at 93
  • Sep 8 Deborah Bear, Engl still photographer (Pasolini/Fellini), dies at 44
  • Sep 8 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Sep 8 Michael Peters, choreographer, dies
  • Sep 9 Keith Davis, voice Tutor/Author, dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Patrick O'Neal, American actor (Under Siege, The Stepford Wives, King Rat, Night of the Iguana), dies at 66
  • Sep 10 Charles Drake [Ruppert], American actor (Harvey, Air Force, Glenn Miller Story), dies of heart attack at 92
  • Sep 10 Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Frederick R. Weisman, philanthropist, dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Sara Taylor, mother of Elizabeth, dies at 62
  • Sep 11 William Obanheim, actor (Officer Obie-Alice's Restaurant), dies at 69
  • Sep 12 Boris Yegorov, Soviet physician and cosmonaut (Voskhod I), dies at 56
  • Sep 12 Douglas MacKenzie Davey, psychometrist, dies at 72
  • Sep 12 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • Sep 12 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), dies at 85
  • Sep 13 John Stevens, British jazz drummer (Spontaneous Music Ensemble), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 13 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • Sep 13 Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, dies at 58 [1]
  • Sep 14 David van Cup, sculptor/painter, dies at 57
  • Sep 15 (Frank) Haywood Henry, American jazz and session baritone saxophone player, dies at 81
  • Sep 15 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, dies at 48
  • Sep 15 Mark Stevens, American actor (Big Town, Martin Kane, Private Eye), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 15 Earl George, American composer and pedagogue, dies at 70
  • Sep 16 Alain Bernardin, French impresario of the Crazy Horse Saloon, dies at 78
  • Sep 16 Albert de Courtray, French archbishop of Lyon/cardinal, dies at 71
  • Sep 16 Bernie Lazaroff Leighton, pianist, dies at 73
  • Sep 16 Dolly Hare, German/British actress (Broken Blossom), dies at 84
  • Sep 16 Jack Dodson, American actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Johnny Berry, English soccer right winger (4 caps; Manchester United, Birmingham City), dies from cancer at 68
  • Sep 17 Iris Adrian, American actress (Blue Hawaii, Bluebeard), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Henk Figee, author/publisher (Shoes of the Sea), dies at 46
  • Sep 17 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 17 Paul Nicholas Young, architect, dies at 47

Vitas Gerulaitis

Sep 17 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Wimbledon doubles 1975), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40

  • Sep 18 Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, dies from AIDS complications at 44
  • Sep 19 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), dies of Ewing's Sarcoma at 38
  • Sep 19 Sandra Fisher, American painter, dies at 47
  • Sep 20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Jule Styne, American Academy and Tony Award-winning popular music composer ("Three Coins In A Fountain"; Gypsy; Funny Girl, "Make Someone Happy"), dies at 88
  • Sep 20 Davidson Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, dies at 70
  • Sep 21 Arthur Krim, American director (United Artists, Orion Pictures), dies
  • Sep 21 Oswald "Ossie" Stevens Nock, railway Writer, dies at 69
  • Sep 22 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), dies at 79
  • Sep 22 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • Sep 22 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, dies at 80
  • Sep 22 Mattie Moss Clark, American gospel singer, and music minister, dies of diabetes complications at 69
  • Sep 22 Edward Shackleton, English explorer, geographer and Labour Party politician, dies at 83
  • Sep 23 Alec Dickson, founder of VSO, dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Ali Kouider Benyahia [sheik Boualem], Alg Muslim leader, shot at 26
  • Sep 23 Cherif Gousmi [kalief Abu Abdallah Ahmed], Alger Muslim leader, shot
  • Sep 23 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies of heart failure at 42
  • Sep 23 Georgi, Tsar Nicholas II's brother, buried
  • Sep 23 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • Sep 23 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), dies at 94
  • Sep 23 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • Sep 23 Robert Bloch, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Psycho), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 24 Colin Berry Haycraft, publisher, dies at 65
  • Sep 24 David Napley, English solicitor, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), dies of pulmonary cancer at 66
  • Sep 24 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, dies at 89
  • Sep 25 John Richard Ravensdale, historian, dies at 73
  • Sep 25 Kitty Masters, actress, dies at 92
  • Sep 25 Ludwig Ferdinand von Hohenzollern, German Prince of Prussia, dies at 86
  • Sep 25 Mark Alexander Abrams, English market Researcher, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 Thomas Titus Nkobi, South African ANC-leader (Alexandra-bus boycott 1957), dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 26 Maurice Ashley, historian and editor (The Listener), dies at 87