Historical Events in September 1987

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 15 year old American tennis player Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win a match at the US Open when he beats Australian Paul McNamee in 4 sets in the opening round

  • Sep 1 Smoking forbidden in public buildings in Belgium

Historic Event

Sep 2 Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan

  • Sep 2 Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win v Cubs
  • Sep 2 Philips introduces CD-video
  • Sep 2 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR
  • Sep 3 Coup in Burundi suspends constitution

Sports History

Sep 5 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

  • Sep 5 Carlton Fisk clubs his 300th career HR off Danny Jackson

Tennis Open

Sep 5 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

  • Sep 6 Conjoined twins Benjamin & Patrick Binder separated at Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Sep 6 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
  • Sep 6 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • Sep 7 "I Want Her" single released by Keith Sweat (Billboard Song of the Year, 1988)

Telethon

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 22nd Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $39,021,723

  • Sep 7 Netherlands sends 2 minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • Sep 7 South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young
  • Sep 9 Gary Hart admits on "Nightline" to cheating on his wife
  • Sep 9 Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016

Sports History

Sep 9 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59

Baseball Record

Sep 9 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter

Video Music Awards

Sep 11 4th MTV Video Music Awards: Peter Gabriel wins (many times)

  • Sep 11 Shoot out at Jean-Bertrand Aristides' church in Haiti, 12 die
  • Sep 12 Ethiopia adopts constitution
  • Sep 12 Vince Coleman steals his 100th base for 3rd straight year
  • Sep 13 Cesium-137 stolen from abandoned hospital in Rio de Janeiro
  • Sep 13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • Sep 13 Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg establishes a franchise record with 5 touchdown passes in the Buccaneers 48-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons
  • Sep 14 'Les Miserables' opens at Rock Theatre, Vigzinhaz Budapest

Sports History

Sep 14 Cal Ripken Jr.'s record streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is finally broken

  • Sep 14 Toronto Blue Jays hit a record 10 HRs vs Baltimore Orioles
  • Sep 15 Italy sends a naval contingent to the Persian Gulf

Papal Visit

Sep 15 Pope John Paul II arrives in Los Angeles for a two-day papal visit, and addresses U.S. entertainment leaders

  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork
  • Sep 16 Calif's Bob Boone catches record 1,919th major league game
  • Sep 16 New York City's WNET-TV channel 13 begins round clock broadcasting
  • Sep 16 Pope John Paul II's ends his Los Angeles tour with an interfaith meeting at Dodger Stadium with leaders of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 17 Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution
  • Sep 17 Pope John Paul II arrives in San Francisco, meets with AIDS patients, and embraces an AIDS infected child
  • Sep 18 Detroit first baseman Darrell Evans hits home run #30 off Bill Wegman in 5th inning of Tigers' 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; first 40 year old to hit 30 MLB HRs in a season

Film Release

Sep 18 Film thriller "Fatal Attraction" directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close is released

  • Sep 18 US & USSR sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 19 12th Toronto International Film Festival: "The Princess Bride" directed by Rob Reiner wins the People's Choice Award

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 19 Farm Aid III held in Lincoln, Nebraska; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, and Joe Walsh [1]

  • Sep 19 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Mich), 24, crowned 61st Miss America

Emmy Awards

Sep 20 39th Emmy Awards: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless win

NFL Record

Sep 20 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

Sports History

Sep 20 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory

Musical Finale

Sep 20 Roger Miller's musical "Big River", based on Mark Twain's 1884 novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater, NYC, after 1005 performances and 3 Tony Awards

  • Sep 20 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati
  • Sep 21 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf

Baseball Record

Sep 22 Boston Red Sox Wade Boggs ties AL record of 200 hits for 5 straight seasons

  • Sep 22 Dow-Jones index rises record 75.23 points
  • Sep 22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days (2nd regular-season strike)

Television Debut

Sep 22 US TV series "Full House" starring Bob Saget and John Stamos debuts

Historic Event

Sep 23 Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida creates two states: Akwa Ibom and Katisna

  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Major General Sitiveni Rabuka stages a second Fijian coup and declares Fiji a republic
  • Sep 26 Padres Benito Santiago sets rookie hitting streak to 28 games

Sports History

Sep 27 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro's final MLB appearance, he surrenders for 5 runs in 3 innings against the San Francisco Giants

  • Sep 27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • Sep 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield Village GC: Europe beats US, 15-13; after 13-0 unbeaten record spanning 60 years, US loses for first time on home soil

Television Debut

Sep 28 "Star Trek: The Next Generation," starring Patrick Stewart debuts on syndicated TV

TV Show Appearance

Sep 28 Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on TV game show "The $10,000 Pyramid"

#1 in the Charts

Sep 29 "Didn't We Almost Have It All," by Whitney Houston hits #1

  • Sep 29 "thirtysomething" debuts on ABC-TV

Baseball Record

Sep 29 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year

Music Concert

Sep 30 Roy Orbison and friends (including James Burton; Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and k.d. lang) film performance at the Ambassador Hotel's Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, California for Cinemax

  • Sep 30 Suriname constitution ratified