What Happened in 1981 (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 773

  • Aug 9 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • Aug 10 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 10 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Aug 12 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV
  • Aug 13 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)
  • Aug 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 16 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Aug 18 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 23 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 25 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)
  • Aug 25 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)
  • Aug 26 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 26 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • Aug 27 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

MurderAssassination Attempt

Aug 28 John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to assassinate President Reagan

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 28 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • Aug 28 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Aug 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser
  • Sep 1 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Sep 1 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 1 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • Sep 1 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • Sep 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3 Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Sep 3 Longest game in Fenway Park, suspended in 19, Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 4 Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • Sep 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 6 "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • Sep 6 Bob Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • Sep 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 101st Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 13 101st Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Sep 17 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • Sep 18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19 Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • Sep 19 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • Sep 20 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • Sep 20 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Sep 21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • Sep 21 Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 21 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • Sep 22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 25 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 perf
  • Sep 27 Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • Sep 28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • Sep 30 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • Sep 30 Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 791

  • Aug 18 César Delgado, Argentine footballer
  • Aug 18 Dimitris Salpigidis, Greek footballer
  • Aug 18 Jonathan Schneck, American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 20 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Mendy, French footballer
  • Aug 20 Benjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
  • Aug 21 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player
  • Aug 21 Collie Buddz, (Colin Harper) Reggae & Dancehall artist
  • Aug 21 Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer
  • Aug 22 Alex Holmes, American football player
  • Aug 23 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer
  • Aug 23 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer
  • Aug 23 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer, actor
  • Aug 24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor
  • Aug 24 Mercedes Scelba - Shorte, American model
  • Aug 25 Rachel Bilson, American actress
  • Aug 25 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)
  • Aug 26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • Aug 26 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Aug 26 Tino Best, West Indian cricketer
  • Aug 27 Demetria McKinney, American actress ( House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Aug 28 Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer
  • Aug 28 Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer
  • Aug 28 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • Aug 28 Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
  • Aug 28 Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
  • Aug 29 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist
  • Aug 29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), Australian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 29 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • Aug 31 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Aug 31 40 Cal, American rapper
  • Aug 31 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
  • Aug 31 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker
  • Sep 1 Clinton Portis, American football player
  • Sep 1 Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • Sep 2 Katie Teft, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Sep 2 Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director/producer
  • Sep 2 Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • Sep 2 Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • Sep 3 Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
  • Sep 4 Richard Garcia, Australian footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 4 Beyoncé Knowles, singer (Destiny's Child), born in Houston, Texas

  • Sep 4 Lacey Sturm, American singer (Flyleaf), born in Homestead, Florida
  • Sep 5 Drew Carter, American football player
  • Sep 5 Filippo Volandri, Italian tennis player
  • Sep 6 Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • Sep 6 Mark Teahen, American baseball player
  • Sep 7 Gökhan Zan, Turkish footballer
  • Sep 7 Paul McCoy, American musician (lead singer of 12 Stones)
  • Sep 8 Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Bethlehem PA, actor (Randy-Home Improvement)
  • Sep 8 Morten Gamst Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 9 Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress
  • Sep 11 Andrea Dossena, Italian footballer
  • Sep 11 Dylan Klebold, Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator (d. 1999)
  • Sep 12 Jered Guzman, Garden Grove California, pairs skater (& Natalie Vlandis)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 12 Jennifer Hudson, American actress and singer (Dreamgirls), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • Sep 13 Koldo Fernández, Spanish cyclist
  • Sep 13 Antonio Lopez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Benidorm, Spain
  • Sep 13 Angel Williams, Canadian wrestler
  • Sep 14 Miyavi, Japanese singer and actor
  • Sep 16 Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress
  • Sep 16 Alexis Bledel, American actress (Gilmore Girls)
  • Sep 17 Bakari Koné, Ivorian footballer
  • Sep 17 Casey Janssen, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Francis Manioru, Solomon Islander sprinter
  • Sep 17 Jonathan Radtke, American musician (Kill Hannah)
  • Sep 18 Jennifer Tisdale, American actress and model
  • Sep 19 Damiano Cunego, Italian cyclist
  • Sep 19 Scott Baker, American baseball player
  • Sep 19 Rick DiPietro, American ice hockey player
  • Sep 19 Scott Bradlee, American musician and arranger (Postmodern Jukebox), born on Long Island, New York
  • Sep 20 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • Sep 20 Feliciano López, Spanish tennis player
  • Sep 20 Jordan Tata, American baseball player
  • Sep 21 Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • Sep 21 Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • Sep 21 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • Sep 22 Ashley Drane, American actress
  • Sep 22 Adam Lazzara, American singer (Taking Back Sunday)
  • Sep 22 Subaru Shibutani, Japanese singer, dancer, actor (Kanjani8)
  • Sep 23 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • Sep 23 Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
  • Sep 23 Misti Traya, American actress
  • Sep 24 Drew Gooden, National Basketball Association player
  • Sep 24 Ryan Briscoe, Australian racing driver
  • Sep 25 Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Jason Bergmann, American baseball player
  • Sep 25 Shane Tutmarc, American songwriter and musician
  • Sep 25 Van Hansis, American actor
  • Sep 26 Collien Fernandes, German TV host and actress
  • Sep 26 Christina Milian, American actress and singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 26 Serena Williams, American tennis star (38 major titles), born in Saginaw, Michigan

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Sep 27 Lakshmipathy Balaji, Indian cricketer
  • Sep 27 Sophie Crumb, American comics artist
  • Sep 27 Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer
  • Sep 28 Vincent Kartheiser, actor (Hairy Bird, Alaska, Untamed Heart)
  • Sep 28 José Calderón, Spanish basketball player
  • Sep 28 Jorge Guagua, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Sep 28 Gül Gölge, Turkish model and actress

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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