On This Day

Historical Events in September 1989

Tennis Open

Sep 1 Chris Evert becomes the first player ever to win 100 matches in the US National/Open Tennis Championship by beating Patricia Tarabinia 6-2, 6-4

Musical Finale

Sep 1 Revival of Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 804 performances

  • Sep 1 Princess Anne & Mark Phillips announce their separation

Film Premiere

Sep 1 "Roger and Me", the first documentary directed by Michael Moore, premieres at the Telluride Film Festival

Historic Event

Sep 2 Reverend Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

  • Sep 3 American tennis star Chris Evert beats 15-year-old Monica Seles 6-0, 6-2 in a 4th round match for her 101st and last US Open singles victory

Musical Finale

Sep 3 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 764 performances and 3 Tony Award wins

  • Sep 3 Iljushin-62 crashes down on residential area of Havana, 170 die

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 24th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $42,737,219

  • Sep 4 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou debuts and wins the Golden Lion
  • Sep 4 Monday demonstrations demanding political reforms begin at St Nicholas's church in Leipzig, East Germany, would later be replicated around the country
  • Sep 5 Chris Evert's final US Open tennis match; defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6, 6-2 in the quarter finals
  • Sep 5 Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of Today Show

Television Premiere

Sep 5 Daytime talk show "The Joan Rivers Show" hosted by Joan Rivers premieres on US TV

  • Sep 6 6th MTV Video Music Awards: Living Colour wins
  • Sep 6 Amateur Athletic Fed strips Ben Johnson of all track records
  • Sep 6 Police computer accuses 41,000 Parisians of murder/prostitution

Baseball Record

Sep 8 George Brett gets his 2,500th hit

  • Sep 8 Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Sep 8 Norwegian Convair 580 crashes at Jutland in sea (55 murder)

Sports History

Sep 10 Five days after hitting a HR for Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners, MLB and NFL player Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown, his first

  • Sep 10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • Sep 10 East Germans begin their flight to west (via Hungary and Czechoslovakia)

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his only US title; beats Czech Ivan Lendl 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6

  • Sep 10 Indianapolis running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
  • Sep 11 Drexel formally pleads guilty to security fraud
  • Sep 11 KSO-AM in Des Moines Iowa changes call letters to KGGO
  • Sep 13 "Les Miserables" opens at Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Historic Event

Sep 13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa

  • Sep 13 Fay Vincent elected baseball's 8th commissioner
  • Sep 14 Calgary Flames become 1st NHL team to play in USSR, win 4-2
  • Sep 14 Jeff Reardon is 1st to record 30 saves in 5 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 15 The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson's continued captivity in Beirut.
  • Sep 16 Debbye Turner (Mont), 23, crowned 63rd Miss America 1990
  • Sep 16 14th Toronto International Film Festival: "Roger & Me" directed by Michael Moore wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Sep 17 41st Emmy Awards: "LA Law", "Cheers", Dana Delany & Candice Bergen win
  • Sep 17 Hurricane Hugo begins 4 day sweep through Caribbean, killing 62
  • Sep 17 NYC court of appeals overturns lower court decision & returns America's Cup back to US (from NZ)
  • Sep 18 Hurricane Hugo causes extensive damage in Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Chase Manhattan Discovery Center at Brooklyn Botanic Garden opens
  • Sep 19 French DC-10 crashes near Niger, 171 die
  • Sep 19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)

Television Debut

Sep 19 "Doogie Howser, M.D.", starring Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage physician, debuts on ABC

Album Release

Sep 19 "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" 4th studio album by Janet Jackson is released (Grammy Award Best Long Form Music Video 1990, Billboard Album of the Year 1990)

Music Premiere

Sep 20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

  • Sep 20 USAir overshoots runway at LaGuardia Airport in NYC, 2 people die
  • Sep 21 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • Sep 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Leon Durham suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Sep 22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent

Television Debut

Sep 22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

  • Sep 23 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • Sep 24 Ryder Cup: US & Europe draw, 14-14 at The Belfry, England
  • Sep 24 ABC's premiere of "The Preppie Murder", based on 1986 murder in New York City of Jennifer Levin by ex prep school student Robert Chambers
  • Sep 25 Archaeologists open Titus of Rhine grave in Amsterdam
  • Sep 25 Ronald Harwood's play "Another Time" premieres in London
  • Sep 25 Wade Boggs is 1st to get 200 hits & 100 walks in 4 consecutive seasons
  • Sep 26 Last Vietnamese soldiers leave Cambodia

Historic Event

Sep 26 Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze calls for total destruction of Soviet & US chemical weapons

  • Sep 27 Oakland wins AL West & SF wins NL West title
  • Sep 27 Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash

Music History

Sep 29 Glenn Frey joins Eagles bandmate Don Henley on stage, for 1st time since 1981

Film & TV History

Sep 29 Zsa Zsa Gabor convicted of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills

  • Sep 30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Hawaii & Ascension

Baseball Record

Sep 30 Nolan Ryan's perfect game broken in 8th, but gets his 300th strikeout

  • Sep 30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • Sep 30 Toronto Blue Jays wins AL East title
  • Sep 30 West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher grants escaping East Germans free passage to the West in speech from West German embassy balcony in Prague