What Happened in October 1981

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Oct 2 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • Oct 3 Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason
  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 3 Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver

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Oct 4 Donna Caponi Young and Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
  • Oct 4 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest international gymnastics participant
  • Oct 5 Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 5 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)

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Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 8 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser

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Oct 8 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.

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Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service held in Cairo

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 11 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)
  • Oct 11 Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 12 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
  • Oct 13 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
  • Oct 15 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 16 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 16 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 32nd Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by one point
  • Oct 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant

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Oct 19 Nicolaas Bloembergen & Arthur Schawlow win Nobel Prize for Physics (laser)

  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 20 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • Oct 20 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • Oct 22 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization decertified
  • Oct 22 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW v Queensland
  • Oct 22 US national debt tops $1 trillion
  • Oct 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 22 The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organisation faction led by Hareram Sharma and D.P. Singh begins.
  • Oct 22 The TGV railway service Paris-Lyon is inaugurated.
  • Oct 22 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame artificial sweetener for tabletop use following years of scrutiny
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion

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Oct 24 Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Oct 25 11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 25 200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile
  • Oct 25 Allison Roe (2:25:29) & Alberto Salazar (2:08:13) win NYC marathon

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Oct 25 George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Oct 26 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • Oct 27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 27 The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia
  • Oct 28 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Oct 31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 1 Arnau Riera, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 1 Johnny Oduya, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Oct 2 Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
  • Oct 2 Toro, Taiwanese singer
  • Oct 3 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer (Sweden national team, Milan, Paris St. Germain), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish footballer
  • Oct 3 Danny Coid, English Footballer
  • Oct 3 Matt Murton, American baseball player
  • Oct 3 Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
  • Oct 4 Justin Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • Oct 4 Juka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 5 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer
  • Oct 6 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • Oct 6 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 8 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia, of Netherlands
  • Oct 8 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 8 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer (Do You Know Why) and actress (The BabyDoll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Oct 9 Zachery Ty Bryan, actor (Brad-Home Improvement), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct 9 Peter Hill, British Music Photographer
  • Oct 9 Darius Miles, American basketball player
  • Oct 10 Michael Oliver, American actor
  • Oct 11 Beau Brady, Australian Actor
  • Oct 12 Shola Ameobi, English footballer
  • Oct 12 Tom Guiry, American actor
  • Oct 12 Brian Kerr, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 12 Sneha, Indian actress
  • Oct 13 Ryan Ashford, English footballer
  • Oct 13 Kele Okereke, lead singer of Bloc Party
  • Oct 14 Boof Bonser, American baseball player
  • Oct 15 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • Oct 15 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder
  • Oct 15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer
  • Oct 15 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
  • Oct 16 Anthony Reyes, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Oct 16 Martin Halle, Danish footballer
  • Oct 16 Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress
  • Oct 18 Richard Vuu, actor (Last Emperor)
  • Oct 19 Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish race car driver
  • Oct 20 Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Oct 20 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer
  • Oct 20 Willis McGahee, American football player
  • Oct 21 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 22 Michael Fishman, actor (DJ-Roseanne), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 22 Olivier Pla, French racing driver
  • Oct 23 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver
  • Oct 23 Ben Francisco, American baseball player
  • Oct 24 Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress
  • Oct 24 Tila Tequila, American model
  • Oct 25 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Oct 25 Jerome Isaac Jones, American singer
  • Oct 25 Austin Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder)
  • Oct 26 Guy Sebastian, Australian singer
  • Oct 26 Sam Brown, American comedian
  • Oct 27 Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress
  • Oct 27 Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier
  • Oct 28 Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • Oct 28 Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • Oct 29 Amanda Beard, 100m/200m breaststroke (Oly-2 silv-96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 29 Reema Sen, Indian actress

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Oct 30 Ivanka Trump, American businesswoman and daughter of Donald Trump, born in New York

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
  • Oct 30 Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress
  • Oct 30 Ian Snell, American baseball player
  • Oct 31 Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
  • Oct 31 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew)
  • Oct 31 Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • Oct 31 Jon Crocker, American songwriter

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (39) weds broadcast journalist Suzanne Childs

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 28 Film director David Lean (73) weds fifth wife Sandra Hotz

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer/pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, writer, dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Sue-Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, singer/comedian (Laugh-In), dies at 48

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Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, US author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, actor (King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 94
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies