On This Day

Events in Film & Television in September 1981

  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC

NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 8 British TV comedy "Only Fools and Horses" created by John Sullivan, starring David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce premieres on BBC One
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

Sep 12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: "Taxi", "Hill Street Blues", Judd Hirsch and Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Sep 28 “Physical” single released by Olivia Newton-John (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Singer and Actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and Actress
Olivia Newton-John