What Happened in August 1981

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
  • Aug 2 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • Aug 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

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Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Aug 3 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • Aug 4 Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 4 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
  • Aug 5 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • Aug 6 Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
  • Aug 6 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
  • Aug 7 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • Aug 8 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Aug 9 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • Aug 9 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Aug 9 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • Aug 10 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business

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Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 10 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Aug 12 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV
  • Aug 13 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)
  • Aug 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront

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Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 16 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Aug 18 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances

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Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 23 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 25 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)
  • Aug 25 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)
  • Aug 26 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 26 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • Aug 27 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 28 John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to assassinate President Reagan
  • Aug 28 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • Aug 28 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Aug 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Stephen Hunt, Port Laoise, Irish footballer
  • Aug 1 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Aug 4 Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • Aug 4 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • Aug 4 Ben Scott, English cricketer
  • Aug 4 Abigail Spencer, Gulf Breeze, Florida, American actress (Cowboys & Aliens)
  • Aug 5 Carl Crawford, American baseball player
  • Aug 5 Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer
  • Aug 5 Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • Aug 5 Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
  • Aug 5 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Aug 6 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
  • Aug 8 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter

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Aug 8 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis star (17 grand slams), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Aug 8 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • Aug 8 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • Aug 8 Meagan Good, American actress
  • Aug 9 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • Aug 10 Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer
  • Aug 10 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • Aug 11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Aug 11 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
  • Aug 12 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • Aug 12 Djibril Cissé, French footballer
  • Aug 14 Matthew Etherington, English footballer
  • Aug 14 Julius Jones, American football player
  • Aug 15 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
  • Aug 15 Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
  • Aug 15 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • Aug 16 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer
  • Aug 17 Kristin Holt, American television personality
  • Aug 18 César Delgado, Argentine footballer
  • Aug 18 Dimitris Salpigidis, Greek footballer
  • Aug 18 Jonathan Schneck, American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 20 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Mendy, French footballer
  • Aug 20 Benjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
  • Aug 21 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player
  • Aug 21 Collie Buddz, (Colin Harper) Reggae & Dancehall artist
  • Aug 21 Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer
  • Aug 22 Alex Holmes, American football player
  • Aug 23 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer
  • Aug 23 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer
  • Aug 23 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer, actor
  • Aug 24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor
  • Aug 24 Mercedes Scelba - Shorte, American model
  • Aug 25 Rachel Bilson, American actress
  • Aug 25 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)
  • Aug 26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • Aug 26 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Aug 26 Tino Best, West Indian cricketer
  • Aug 27 Demetria McKinney, American actress ( House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Aug 28 Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer
  • Aug 28 Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer
  • Aug 28 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • Aug 28 Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
  • Aug 28 Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
  • Aug 29 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist
  • Aug 29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), Australian actor

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Aug 29 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • Aug 31 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Aug 31 40 Cal, American rapper
  • Aug 31 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
  • Aug 31 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 1 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 3 Robert Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Woman's Face, Hud), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • Aug 17 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 26 Lee Hays, rocker, dies of a heart attack
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (ACLU), dies at 97
  • Aug 27 Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (b. 1900)
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

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Aug 30 Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies