What Happened on January 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • International Year for the Disabled begins
  • Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors

Famous Birthdays

  • Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer
  • Eden Riegel, American actress ( All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jonas Armstrong, Irish actor
  • Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver

Famous Deaths

  • Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)