What Happened in 1981 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 773

  • May 12 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • May 12 NY Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn
  • May 13 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 13 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 14 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • May 14 NASA launches space vehicle S-192
  • May 15 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • May 15 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
  • May 15 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC
  • May 15 Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Romanian) to Salyut 6

Music release#1 in the Charts

May 16 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • May 16 106th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • May 16 Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1
  • May 17 "Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • May 17 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
  • May 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 19 Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters
  • May 19 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • May 21 Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA
  • May 21 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • May 22 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
  • May 23 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • May 23 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501
  • May 24 Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500
  • May 24 Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain
  • May 24 Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 25 Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • May 25 Daniel Goodwin scales outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours
  • May 25 Rangers' Bill Stein sets AL record with 7 consecutive pinch hits
  • May 26 Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14
  • May 26 The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due).
  • May 27 John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
  • May 27 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • May 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 27 34th Cannes Film Festival: "Man of Iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 27 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris
  • May 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 30 "Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)
  • May 30 Bangladesh Pres Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers
  • May 30 LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games)
  • May 31 Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Jun 2 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
  • Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt
  • 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
  • Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 791

  • May 12 Lorena Bernal, Spanish model and actress, Miss Spain 1999
  • May 13 Sunny Leone, Canadian model
  • May 13 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • May 13 Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
  • May 14 Sarbel, Greek-born singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Zara Phillips, English daughter of Princess Anne, born in London

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • May 15 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • May 15 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • May 15 Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • May 16 Jessica Ponzo, Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)
  • May 16 Jim Sturgess, English actor
  • May 17 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • May 17 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • May 17 R. J. Helton, American Idol finalist
  • May 17 Shiri Maimon, Israeli singer
  • May 17 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • May 18 Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer
  • May 19 Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • May 19 Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • May 19 Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
  • May 19 Nate Cole, American singer
  • May 20 Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • May 20 Calico Cooper, American actress and dancer
  • May 20 Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
  • May 20 Mark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver
  • May 21 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)
  • May 21 Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer
  • May 21 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • May 22 Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • May 22 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • May 23 Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettes
  • May 24 Shelby Lyons, Oswego NY, pairs skater (& Wells-1995 Midwest champ)
  • May 24 Marketa Janska, Czech model and Playboy Playmate
  • May 26 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • May 26 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
  • May 27 Johan Elmander, Swedish footballer
  • May 27 Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • May 27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • May 27 Özgür Çevik, Turkish singer and actor
  • May 28 Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • May 28 Adam Green, American singer and songwriter
  • May 29 Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
  • May 30 Andrey Arshavin, Russian Footballer
  • May 30 Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver
  • May 30 Devendra Banhart, American singer and songwriter
  • May 30 Blake Bashoff, American actor
  • May 30 Ahmad Elrich, Australian footballer
  • May 31 Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • 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)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 301 of 301

  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60