Historical Events in September 1978

  • Sep 1 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064
  • Sep 1 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox

Film Premiere

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 2 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston

Baseball Record

Sep 2 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

  • Sep 3 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Same Time, Next Year", closes at the Ambassador Theatre, NYC,, after 1,453 performances and a Tony Award
  • Sep 3 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • Sep 3 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 1st game of Boston Massacre, NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 15-3
  • Sep 8 2nd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 13-2

Historic Event

Sep 8 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

  • Sep 9 3rd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-0
  • Sep 9 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an uprising in the Iranian army
  • Sep 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Chris Evert wins her 4th straight US singles title; beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4; first time event played on hard courts

  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-4 to tie for AL East 1st place; Yanks out hit arch rivals, 67-21; score 42-9
  • Sep 10 Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")

Sports History

Sep 10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

  • Sep 11 The last known person dies of smallpox - medical photographer Janet Parker through infection in a laboratory, in Birmingham, England

Television Premiere

Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, and Andy Kaufman

  • Sep 13 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • Sep 13 New York Yankees recover from 14 games behind to gain sole possession of AL East 1st place with 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit

Sports History

Sep 14 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970

  • Sep 14 Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • Sep 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • Sep 15 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Filming begins for "Monty Python's Life of Brian", on location in Monastir, Tunisia

  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 16 New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2; at Yankee Stadium; Blue Bombers 6th win over arch rivals in 2 weeks
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family"; Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • Sep 17 After 6 losses to the New York Yankees in September, the Boston Red Sox finally score a 7-3 win over their arch rivals at Yankee Stadium

Historic Event

Sep 17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel

  • Sep 18 All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • Sep 20 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 439 performances
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 20 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 21 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes are destroyed
  • Sep 22 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit
  • Sep 23 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Anwar Sadat home from Camp David peace summit
  • Sep 24 Dutch women hockey team wins world championship

Sports History

Sep 24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74

  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • Sep 26 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • Sep 26 RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
  • Sep 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 28 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord

Album Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

  • Sep 28 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • Sep 30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • Sep 30 Phillies clinch NL East title