What Happened on January 16, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK
  • Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Zamora, English footballer
  • Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes)

Famous Deaths

  • Bernard Lee, English actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73