This Month 1984: Sept

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This Month in 1984:   September

  • Sep 2 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 344 performances. Lead actor is Antony Quin. Setting is a Crete village


  • Sep 3 28 year old single Chicagoan wins $40 million in Illinois state lottery. At the time it was the biggest single winner in USA history.  Mike Wittkowski did not take his winnings until November of that year. The issue involve splitting  the money with his three family members without paying the gift tax. He wanted to assign part of the money from the beginning.   He won that case.


  • Sep 3 South Africa adopts constitution

Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years

In 1984, Muhammadu Buhari's government, of which Kuti was a vocal opponent, jailed him on a charge of currency smuggling which Amnesty International and others denounced as politically motivated.[22] Amnesty designated him a prisoner of conscience,[23] and his case was also taken up by other human rights groups. After 20 months, he was released from prison by General Ibrahim Babangida.

Sep 6 Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead" premieres in NYC

  • Sep 6 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow


  • 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)


Space Shuttle Mission September 1984

  • Sep 5 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) -Discovery 1- lands at Edwards AFB
  • Sep 8 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41G mission
  • Sep 10 Discovery returns to Kennedy Space Center via Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • Sep 13 STS 41-G launch vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Sep 21 NASA launches Galaxy-C


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


  • 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 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think"



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



  • 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)




Music Charts

  • 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
  • Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Joseph Trohman, American musician (Fall Out Boy)


  • Sep 1 Nick Noble, American soccer player


Sep 3 Garrett Hedlund, American actor, born in Roseau, Minnesota. 2010 movie “Tron: Legacy”  plays Samuel "Sam" Flynn

  • Sep 9 Farrah Gray, American entrepreneur and author (Reallionaire).  an American businessman, investor, author, columnist, and motivational speaker.. Gray was raised on Chicago's South side. He began his entrepreneurial career at the age of six selling homemade lotion and hand-painted rocks door-to-door.


Sep 10 Matthew Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


  • Sep 12 Taylor Jenkins, American basketball head coach (Memphis Grizzlies 2019), born in Arlington, Texas


  • Sep 14 Adam Lamberg, American actor (The Lizzie McGuire movie), born in NYC, New York


  • Sep 14 Melissa McGhee, American rock singer (American Idol, season 5, placed 12th ), born in Tampa, Florida 

Sep 15 Prince Harry [Henry Charles Albert David Windsor], Prince of Wales, 5th in British succession, born in London, England 

  • Sep 16 Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer (The Cheetah Girls), born in Yorba Linda, California 
​​​​​​​Sep 21 Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, Gold medalist American swimmer.  He was part of the Olympia swim relay team at the Beiing games in 2008.  


  • Sep 21 Wale [Olubowale Akintimehin], American rapper of Nigerian heritage (The Gifted), born in Washington, D.C. 


Sep 23 Nathan Jendrick, American author


Nathan Jendrick is a certified fitness trainer with clients ranging from competitive bodybuilders to Olympic gold medalists. He is married to two-time Olympic champion Megan Jendrick. He is the author of Gym-Free and Ripped and Dunks, Doubles, Doping, and he has been featured on dozens of radio shows, including The Drive with Chris Myers.



  • Sep 23 Matt Kemp, American baseball player


  • Sep 25 Matt Carle, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska

Matthew Carle is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. Carle played in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. He was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 47th overall, in 2003.


  • Sep 27 John Lannan  American baseball player 

Sep 27 Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer-songwriter (Complicated, Sk8er Boi), born in Belleville, Ontario

  • Sep 28 Melody Thornton, American singer and dancer


  • Sep 28 Ryan Zimmerman, American baseball player 


  • Sep 30 T-Pain, American rapper/singer


Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Sep 7 Actress-singer Janet Jackson (18) weds fellow R&B singer James DeBarge (21) 

  • Sep 14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)

  • Sep 14 Stage and screen actor Gene Wilder (51) weds "Saturday Night Live" actress-comedian Gilda Radner (38) in France 
  • Sep 22 Brussels Princess Astrid marries Archduke Lorenz of Austrian-Este at Church of Our Lady of "De Zavel