On This Day

Historical Events in September 1984

Sports History

Sep 1 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

  • Sep 1 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs

#1 in the Charts

Sep 1 "What's Love Got to Do With It" single tops the charts, giving Tina Turner her 1st #1 as a solo artist

  • Sep 2 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • Sep 3 28 year old Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery
  • Sep 3 St. Louis Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter breaks NL record for saves in a season with his 38th in 7-3 win v NY Mets

Telethon

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 19th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $32,074,566

  • Sep 3 South Africa adopts constitution
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]
  • Sep 5 12th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41D): Discovery 1 lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 6 Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 6 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow

Film Premiere

Sep 6 "Amadeus" from the play by Peter Shaffer, directed by Milos Forman and starring Tom Hulce premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1985)

Baseball Record

Sep 7 Met Dwight Gooden's 11 strikeouts gives him NL rookie record 236

  • Sep 8 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 41G mission

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins his 4th US title and final Grand Slam singles event; beats Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

  • Sep 10 Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • Sep 10 Sean O'Keefe (11) is youngest to cycle across US (24 days)

Television Debut

Sep 10 First episode of daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! with Alex Trebek as host

Music History

Sep 12 American country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

  • Sep 12 Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on The Tonight Show
  • Sep 12 Ethiopia forms socialist republic
  • Sep 12 NY Met Dwight Gooden sets rookie strike out record at 251
  • Sep 13 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad

Historic Event

Sep 13 Shimon Peres forms Israeli government with Likud

Video Music Awards

Sep 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think", and David Bowie wins with "China Girl"

  • Sep 15 Morocco Showcase opens
  • Sep 15 Sharlene Wells (Utah), 20, crowned 58th Miss America 1985
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 9th Toronto International Film Festival: "Places in the Heart" directed by Robert Benton wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV

Baseball Record

Sep 17 Reggie Jackson is 13th to hit 500 HRs

  • Sep 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 18 Joe Kittinger completes 1st solo balloon crossing of Atlantic
  • Sep 18 Tigers clinch AL East championship (spent all year in 1st place)

Sports History

Sep 18 Tim Raines is 1st player with 4 consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons

  • Sep 19 Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • Sep 20 "Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Sep 20 Cubs break 2 million in home attendance for 1st time
  • Sep 20 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
  • Sep 21 NASA launches Galaxy-C
  • Sep 23 36th Emmy Awards: "Hill Street Blues"; "Cheers": John Ritter & Tyne Daly win

Sports History

Sep 23 NFL San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

Sports History

Sep 23 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

  • Sep 24 Chicago Cubs clinch NL East title

Music Single

Sep 24 Paul McCartney releases single "No More Lonely Nights"

  • Sep 25 "Quilters" opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Sep 25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • Sep 25 Egypt & Jordan regain diplomatic relations

Baseball Record

Sep 25 NY Met Rusty Staub joins Ty Cobb, who hit HRs as a teen & in 40s

  • Sep 26 5,251 turn out to see Phillies play NY Mets at Shea Stadium
  • Sep 26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • Sep 26 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • Sep 26 Dutch Queen Beatrice opens University
  • Sep 26 Phila's Juan Samuel sets record for steals by a rookie with his 72nd

Historic Event

Sep 26 President Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

  • Sep 28 1st floodlit ODI outside of Australia (India v Aust, New Delhi)
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • Sep 28 Krzysztof Penderecki's initial version of "A Polish Requiem" premieres with Mstislav Rostropovich leading the Stuttgart Radio Symphony
  • Sep 29 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • Sep 29 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • Sep 29 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66

#1 in the Charts

Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince Rogers Nelson and Revolution peaks at #1

  • Sep 29 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • Sep 29 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • Sep 29 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Yes Or No" by Go-Go's peak at #84

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Elizabeth Taylor undergoes rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Clinic

  • Sep 30 California Angels Michael Witt is 11th to pitch a perfect baseball game

Sports History

Sep 30 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner

  • Sep 30 Browns set a team record for allowing most sacks (11), KC wins 10-6
  • Sep 30 California Angel Mike Witt, pitches a perfect game over Texas Rangers, 1-0

Sports History

Sep 30 NY Yankee Don Mattingly wins AL batting crown with .343 avg

  • Sep 30 CBS' premiere of "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Landsbury