What Happened in 1981

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 773

  • Jan 1 Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 1 International Year for the Disabled begins
  • Jan 1 Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • Jan 1 Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
  • Jan 1 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Jan 1 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • Jan 1 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • Jan 2 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
  • Jan 2 Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan
  • Jan 3 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • Jan 3 Greg Chappell scores 204 v India at the SCG
  • Jan 3 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)
  • Jan 4 "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • Jan 4 "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • Jan 4 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • Jan 4 "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • Jan 4 69th Men's Australian Open: Brian Teacher beats Kim Warwick (7-5, 7-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 4 69th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Wendy Turnbull (6-0, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Jan 5 "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • Jan 5 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
  • Jan 6 50th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals
  • Jan 8 "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • Jan 8 India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
  • Jan 8 Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
  • Jan 9 Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal
  • Jan 10 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive"
  • Jan 10 John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m
  • Jan 11 "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • Jan 11 Palau adopts constitution
  • Jan 11 British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers 34-27
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys 20-7
  • Jan 12 Soap opera "Dynasty" produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • Jan 12 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • Jan 13 Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour
  • Jan 13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 14 US Federal Communications Commission frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
  • Jan 15 "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jan 15 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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Jan 15 Pope John Paul II receives Lech Walesa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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Jan 16 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Jan 16 John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK
  • Jan 16 Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jan 17 Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege
  • Jan 18 Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
  • Jan 18 Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
  • Jan 18 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 19 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • Jan 20 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • Jan 20 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Frank C Carlucci, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Islander Glenn Resch's 25th & last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Jan 20 The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran begin their journey home
  • Jan 21 "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
  • Jan 21 Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for 1st time on a New York City subway train
  • Jan 21 Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down
  • Jan 22 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
  • Jan 22 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
  • Jan 23 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California)
  • Jan 23 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
  • Jan 23 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
  • Jan 23 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana & Joe Rudi
  • Jan 24 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • Jan 24 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 25 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

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Jan 25 Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • Jan 26 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 28 "5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances

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Jan 28 William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • Jan 28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • Jan 29 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Jan 31 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 31 38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • Jan 31 Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 1 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Feb 1 Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
  • Feb 1 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7
  • Feb 1 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Feb 1 Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG
  • Feb 1 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Richfield, Ohio
  • Feb 3 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 3 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway
  • Feb 5 "Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • Feb 5 Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
  • Feb 5 Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 5 Joni Mitchell inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame

  • Feb 6 "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 6 Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 6 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Feb 8 "5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Feb 8 "Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • Feb 8 Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 791

  • Jan 1 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
  • Jan 1 Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer
  • Jan 1 Jonas Armstrong, Irish actor
  • Jan 1 Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 2 Hanno Balitsch, German footballer
  • Jan 2 Maxi Rodríguez, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 2 Ryan Garko, American baseball player
  • Jan 2 Kirk Hinrich, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Eli Manning, American football player and quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Jan 3 Chris Blais, California racecar driver
  • Jan 5 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Jan 5 Brooklyn Sudano, American actress
  • Jan 6 Mike Jones, American rapper
  • Jan 6 Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress
  • Jan 6 Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor
  • Jan 6 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back
  • Jan 7 Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 7 Marquis Daniels, American basketball player
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 8 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
  • Jan 9 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
  • Jan 10 Brian Joo, Korean-American singer
  • Jan 11 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 11 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian)
  • Jan 12 Dan Klecko, American football player
  • Jan 13 Reggie Brown, American football player
  • Jan 13 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler, bodyguard, and actor
  • Jan 13 Jason James, Welsh musician (Bullet for My Valentine)
  • Jan 13 Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • Jan 14 Abdelmalek Cherrad, Algerian football
  • Jan 14 Rosa López, Spanish singer
  • Jan 15 Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 15 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
  • Jan 15 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 15 Howie Day, American singer
  • Jan 16 Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • Jan 16 Bobby Zamora, English footballer
  • Jan 17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • Jan 17 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 17 Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
  • Jan 18 Kimberly Gloudemans, Miss California Teen USA (1997)
  • Jan 18 Latoya Farley, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1996)
  • Jan 18 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • Jan 18 Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor
  • Jan 18 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • Jan 19 Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 19 Lucho González, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 20 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 20 Christine Bleakley, BBC Television Host
  • Jan 20 Owen Hargreaves, English international footballer
  • Jan 20 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress
  • Jan 21 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • Jan 21 Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • Jan 21 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • Jan 21 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 21 Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Jan 21 Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • Jan 21 Alex Ubago, Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter
  • Jan 22 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer
  • Jan 22 Willa Ford, American singer
  • Jan 22 Beverley Mitchell, American actress
  • Jan 23 Rob Friend, Canadian footballer
  • Jan 23 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter
  • Jan 24 Travis Hanson, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 25 Francis Jeffers, English footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 25 Alicia Keys [Cook], singer-songwriter (Fallin, Where Do We Go From Here), born in New York City

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
  • Jan 26 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian Cyclist
  • Jan 27 Jonny Lang, blues musician
  • Jan 27 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player

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Jan 28 Elijah Wood, American actor (Good Son, The Lord of the Rings), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Jan 28 Rick Razzano, American football player
  • Jan 29 Álex Ubago, Spanish musician
  • Jan 29 Darío Lopilato, Argentine actor
  • Jan 30 Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jan 30 Mathias Lauda, Austrian racing driver
  • Jan 30 Peter Crouch, English footballer
  • Jan 30 Josh Kelley, American musician
  • Jan 31 Sergio D. Acosta, Chicano Filmmaker
  • Jan 31 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31 Justin Timberlake, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
  • Feb 1 Luis Lamá, Angolan footballer
  • Feb 1 Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
  • Feb 1 Rob Austin, British racing driver
  • Feb 2 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 3 Alisa Reyes, American actress and singer
  • Feb 4 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
  • Feb 4 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 4 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
  • Feb 4 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player
  • Feb 5 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player
  • Feb 5 Nora Zehetner, American actress
  • Feb 6 Calum Best, American model
  • Feb 6 Jens Lekman, Swedish musician
  • Feb 6 Ty Warren, National Football League defensive lineman
  • Feb 8 Tommy Michaels, actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children), born in Staten Island, New York
  • Feb 8 Myriam Montemayor Cruz, Mexican singer
  • Feb 9 Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • Feb 9 John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 24 Singer Davy Jones (35) weds Anita Pollinger

Singer Davy Jones
Davy Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 25 Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Bill Murray

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • Apr 25 Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach

HeartWedding of Interest

May 8 Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones

Writer John Grisham
John Grisham
  • May 16 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jul 27 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 13 Television producer Lorne Michaels (36) weds model Susan Forristal

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Oct 5 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (39) weds broadcast journalist Suzanne Childs

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 28 Film director David Lean (73) weds fifth wife Sandra Hotz

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Nov 16 Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (55) weds "Sounder" actress Cicely Tyson (47) at the home of actor Bill Cosby

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
  • Dec 24 Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa & Lisa Evers marry

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 10 Singer James Brown (47) divorces Deidre Jenkins after 10 years of marriage

Singer James Brown
James Brown

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 301

  • Jan 1 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 3 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  • Jan 5 Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
  • Jan 5 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • Jan 6 A[rchibald] J[oseph] Cronin, physician/author (Citadel), dies at 84
  • Jan 6 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 7 Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 7 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • Jan 7 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 8 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 8 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Jan 9 Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 10 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Fawn M. Brodie, American historian (b. 1915)
  • Jan 11 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • Jan 14 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • Jan 15 Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Bernard Lee, English actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • Jan 17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 21 Allyn Joslyn, actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alondside son James
  • Jan 21 James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alondside his father Norman
  • Jan 22 Fannie Thomas, US, dies at 113
  • Jan 22 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 23 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber
  • Jan 25 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • Jan 25 [Adele] Marie Astaire, actress (Last Man on Earth, Millie) and sister of Fred Astaire, dies at 82
  • Jan 27 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • Feb 1 Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Ernst Pepping, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • Feb 2 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 2 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 7 Frederika of Hanover, Queen of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 9 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • Feb 12 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • Feb 15 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • Feb 15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Feb 15 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 18 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
  • Feb 19 Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 26 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 26 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • Feb 26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 27 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies
  • Mar 4 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 7 Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, biologist (hereditary mechanisms), dies at 77
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)
  • Apr 1 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • Apr 3 Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder (b. 1899)
  • Apr 4 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • Apr 5 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 5 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • Apr 8 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • Apr 11 Marie Ney, dies at 85
  • Apr 12 Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
  • Apr 15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies
  • Apr 19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 22 Brailsford Reese Brazeal, dean (Morehouse College), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)