Historical Events in April 1981

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 1 Daylight saving time is introduced in the USSR.
  • Apr 2 Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns
  • Apr 2 Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
  • Apr 3 Arnie Boldt of Saskatchewan jumped 6' 8.25," with 1 leg
  • Apr 3 Race riots in London's Brixton area
  • Apr 4 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • Apr 4 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard Aldaniti wins
  • Apr 4 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Apr 5 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • Apr 6 Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo
  • Apr 6 Belgian government of Mark Eyskens forms
  • Apr 7 Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec
  • Apr 8 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
  • Apr 9 US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • Apr 9 Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands wins a by-election to be elected as a Member of Parliament at Westminster; the law is later changed to prevent prisoners standing in elections
  • Apr 10 "Caveman" with Ringo premieres
  • Apr 10 Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded
  • Apr 10 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 10 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 12 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 12 Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched
  • Apr 13 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart"
  • Apr 13 Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)
  • Apr 14 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth
  • Apr 15 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award winning stry about an 8-year-old heroin addict is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
  • Apr 16 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 17 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • Apr 17 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 18 Pawtucket & Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • Apr 18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • Apr 19 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
  • Apr 19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 19 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
  • Apr 20 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
  • Apr 20 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • Apr 21 US furnish $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia
  • Apr 22 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike
  • Apr 22 Almost 1 million West German metal workers go on strike
  • Apr 22 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
  • Apr 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 22 Largest US bank robbery in Tucson Arizona, more than $3.3 million stolen
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • Apr 24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • Apr 24 US ends grain embargo against USSR
  • Apr 25 Mariners mgr Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Seattle's grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot
  • Apr 25 More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan.
  • Apr 26 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 26 Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • Apr 27 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.
  • Apr 28 Galician current Statute of Autonomy.
  • Apr 28 "We’re Fighting Back" premieres on CBS in the US, based on the formation of the Guardian Angels
  • Apr 29 Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women)
  • Apr 29 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
  • Apr 29 1981 NFL Draft: George Rogers from University of South Carolina first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • Apr 30 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win