What Happened in June 1981

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 4 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers of Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jun 5 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • Jun 6 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing
  • Jun 7 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win
  • Jun 7 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • Jun 7 Sandra Post wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 80th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Ivan Lendl (6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 80th Women's French Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Sylvia Hanika (6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika
  • Jun 8 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters
  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1
  • Jun 10 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 10 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 10 Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence
  • Jun 10 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
  • Jun 11 Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 11 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake at Iran, killing at least 2,000.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Raiders Of The Lost Ark", the 1st an Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres

Actor Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 12 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Jun 12 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • Jun 13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 14 27th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 14 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun 17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • Jun 18 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 18 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on US Supreme Court)
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 18 Vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease announced
  • Jun 18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California.
  • Jun 19 Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
  • Jun 19 European Space Agency's Ariane carries 2 satellites into orbit
  • Jun 19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Jun 19 India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched
  • Jun 20 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • Jun 20 Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime
  • Jun 20 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection
  • Jun 21 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000
  • Jun 21 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion GC in Ardmore Pa
  • Jun 21 Don Fagan & Walter Becker quit Steely Dan
  • Jun 21 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf
  • Jun 21 Riots at Casablanca, kills 66-200
  • Jun 21 Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election
  • Jun 22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • Jun 22 Iran president Bani Sadr deposed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 John McEnroe exhibits a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbledon

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
  • Jun 23 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
  • Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
  • Jun 28 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed
  • Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as leader of China PR
  • Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy
  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • Jun 1 Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 Amy Schumer, American comedian, writer ad producer (Inside Amy Schumer), born in New York

Comedian Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
  • Jun 2 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Jun 2 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis pl
  • Jun 2 Tucker Rountree, American guitarist and composer.
  • Jun 4 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 4 T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian
  • Jun 5 Jade Goody, English television personality (Big Brother), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Jun 5 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • Jun 6 Johnny Pacar, American film actor
  • Jun 7 Tyler Johnson, baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 7 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
  • Jun 7 Stephen Bywater, British goalkeeper
  • Jun 7 Kevin Kyle, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 7 Larisa Oleynik, American actress
  • Jun 7 Amrita Rao, Indian model and actress
  • Jun 8 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • Jun 8 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling)
  • Jun 8 Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • Jun 8 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • Jun 8 Jess Weixler, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 9 Natalie Portman [Neta-Lee Hershlag], Israeli/American actress (Professional, Padmé Amidala-Star Wars), born in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, JVKV band member, Taiwanese actor, singer and model.
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, Famous sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 10 Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 10 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • Jun 10 Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Jun 10 Jonathan Bennett, actor (Mean Girls)
  • Jun 11 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer
  • Jun 12 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel
  • Jun 13 Chris Evans, American actor
  • Jun 13 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
  • Jun 14 Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
  • Jun 14 Chauncey Leopardi, American actor
  • Jun 15 Cristin Duren, Miss Florida Teen USA (Miss Photogenic-1997)
  • Jun 15 William Dean Martin, American musician (Good Charlotte)
  • Jun 15 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • Jun 15 Jordi Vilasuso, American actor
  • Jun 16 Miguel Villalta, Peruvian Footballer
  • Jun 16 Benjamin Becker, German tennis player
  • Jun 16 Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 16 Ben Kweller, American singer/songwriter
  • Jun 17 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • Jun 17 Amrita Rao, Bollywood actress
  • Jun 17 Shane Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder
  • Jun 18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
  • Jun 18 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • Jun 20 Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 21 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers)
  • Jun 21 Yann Danis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 22 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Jun 22 Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist of British rock band Editors
  • Jun 22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)
  • Jun 25 Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper
  • Jun 25 Sheridan Smith, British actress
  • Jun 25 Pooja Umashankar, Indian actress
  • Jun 28 Michael Crafter, Australian musician
  • Jun 29 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (d. 2005)
  • Jun 29 Joe Johnson, American basketball player
  • Jun 30 Allison Schroeder, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA (1997)
  • Jun 30 Can Artam, Turkish racing driver
  • Jun 30 Matt Kirk, Canadian football Player
  • Jun 30 Karolina Sadalska, Polish kayaker
  • Jun 30 Ben Utecht, American football Player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, (Rep-D-Ga, 1914-64), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, anthropology prof (What in the World), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, cricketer (698 runs for South Africa at 31 72), dies
  • Jun 5 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • Jun 9 Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), dies at 63
  • Jun 9 Russell Hayden, actor (Hidden Gold, Apache Chief, Justice), dies
  • Jun 10 Russell "Lucky" Hayden, actor (Judge Roy Bean), dies at 68
  • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch graphic artist/cartoonist/painter, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • Jun 16 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jun 22 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • Jun 28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • Jun 29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered