On This Day

Historical Events in September 1986

Telethon

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 21st Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $34,096,733

Album Release

Sep 1 Paul McCartney releases "Press to Play" album

  • Sep 1 Henri Debehogne discovers asteroid #8265 La Silla
  • Sep 2 Cathy Evelyn Smith sentenced to 3 years for death of John Belushi
  • Sep 3 Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind" premieres in London
  • Sep 3 Houston Astros & Chicago Cubs use MLB record 53 players, including 17 pitchers in a 2-day 18 inning marathon; Astros win 8-7
  • Sep 4 189.42 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Sep 5 Hijacking of aircraft Pan Am 73 at Karachi airport, Pakistan, 20 passengers killed
  • Sep 5 NASA awards study contracts to 5 aerospace firms
  • Sep 5 NASA launches DOD-1

Music Concert

Sep 6 300 invitees pay $5,000 to hear Barbra Streisand's benefit concert

  • Sep 6 Attack on synagogue in Istanbul, 23 killed
  • Sep 6 Jozef Pribilinec speed walking world record time (15,447k)
  • Sep 6 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 6 USSR charges correspondent Nicholas Daniloff with spying

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her 3rd US singles title; beats Czech star Helena Suková 6-3, 6-2

Historic Event

Sep 7 Desmond Tutu becomes Anglican Archbishop of Capetown

Assassination Attempt

Sep 7 Failed assassination attempt on Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, kills 5 people

  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns become 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31

Sports History

Sep 7 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so

  • Sep 7 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Czech final Ivan Lendl retains his title; beats Miloslav Mečíř 6-4, 6-2, 6-0

  • Sep 8 Westinghouse sells background music company Muzak to the Fields Company of Chicago

Historic Event

Sep 8 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is first broadcast nationally

  • Sep 9 Minn Tommy Krammer passes for 6 touchdowns vs Green Bay (42-7)
  • Sep 9 NYC jury indicts Soviet United Nations employee Gennadly Zakharov of spying
  • Sep 10 Bryan O'Connor named chairman of Space Flight Safety Panel

Historic Event

Sep 11 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak receives Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres

  • Sep 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 11 Dow Jones Industrial Avg suffered biggest 1-day decline ever, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares traded
  • Sep 12 240.49 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • Sep 12 Twins fire manager Ray Miller & replace him with coach Tom Kelly
  • Sep 12 US professor Joseph Cicippio is kidnapped & held hostage in Beirut
  • Sep 12 Limited U.S. premiere of film adaptation of Marsha Norman's play "'Night, Mother"

Film & TV History

Sep 12 "Blue Velvet" directed by David Lynch, Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan and Dennis Hopper debuts in Toronto

  • Sep 13 Bert Blyleven gives up a record 44 HRs in a season
  • Sep 13 Kellye Cash (Tenn), 21, crowned 60th Miss America 1987
  • Sep 13 11th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Decline of the American Empire" directed by Denys Arcand wins the People's Choice Award

Baseball Event

Sep 14 Bo Jackson's 1st HR-a 475-foot blast (longest at Royal Stadium)

  • Sep 14 Bomb attack in Paris, 2 killed
  • Sep 14 Bomb explosion on airport Kimpo at Seoul, 5 killed
  • Sep 14 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game
  • Sep 14 CBS premiere of true life "The Last Days of Patton"
  • Sep 15 1st broadcast of legal drama "L.A. Law" created by Steven Bochco, with ensemble cast including Corbin Bersen, Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin on NBC
  • Sep 15 Bomb attack in Paris, 1 dead
  • Sep 16 Fire in Kinross gold mine, Transvaal South Africa, 177 killed
  • Sep 17 Bomb attack in Paris, 6 killed
  • Sep 17 Marina Stepanova of USSR sets 400m hurdle woman's record (52.94)
  • Sep 17 Mets clinch NL East Championship
  • Sep 17 US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice

Sports History

Sep 18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras

Film Premiere

Sep 19 3-D short film "Captain EO" with Michael Jackson premieres at Disney theme parks

  • Sep 19 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • Sep 19 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 210 v India at Madras
  • Sep 19 US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
  • Sep 20 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State

Emmy Awards

Sep 21 38th Emmy Awards: "The Golden Girls", "Cagney & Lacey" and Michael J. Fox win

  • Sep 21 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • Sep 21 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • Sep 21 SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitches 1-hitter in his major league debut
  • Sep 21 Kerry GAA beat Tyrone GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 2-15 to 1-10 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • Sep 22 35 countries signs disarmament accord in Stockholm
  • Sep 22 India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie

Sports History

Sep 22 LA Dodger Fernando Valenzuela is 1st Mexican to win 20 games

  • Sep 23 Astro Jim Deshaies strikes out 1st 8 Dodger of game (ends with 10)
  • Sep 23 Congress selects the rose as US national flower
  • Sep 25 Antonin Scalia appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Sep 25 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 26 Antonin Scalia, sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Sep 26 Run-DMC is the 1st rap group to hit the top 10 with "Raising Hell"
  • Sep 26 William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Chief Justice of Supreme Court

Film & TV History

Sep 26 Bobby (Patrick Duffy) returns to TV show "Dallas", his death is attributed to his wife Pam's bad dream (erases all of last season)

  • Sep 27 Senate joins House of Reps voting for sweeping tax reforms
  • Sep 27 "Give Me Wings" single released by Michael Johnson (Billboard Song of the Year 1987)
  • Sep 28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • Sep 28 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21
  • Sep 29 "Airwolf" TV Adventure; moves to USA
  • Sep 29 "Designing Women" TV comedy, debuts on CBS

Sports History

Sep 29 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

  • Sep 29 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • Sep 29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • Sep 29 USSR releases American journalist Nicholas Daniloff confined on spy charges
  • Sep 29 NBC true life drama "Adam: His Song Continues" premieres, sequel to "Adam" (1983)
  • Sep 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 30 US releases Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov
  • Sep 30 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy