Historical Events in August 1981

  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
  • Aug 2 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • Aug 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

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Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Aug 3 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • Aug 4 Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 4 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
  • Aug 5 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • Aug 6 Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
  • Aug 6 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
  • Aug 7 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • Aug 8 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Aug 9 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • Aug 9 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 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

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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

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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

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
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

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
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

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