What Happened on January 8, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
  • Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
  • Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player

Famous Deaths

  • Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66