Historical Events in June 1981

  • Jun 2 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 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. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed.
  • 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
  • Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
  • Jun 23 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
  • Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
  • Jun 28 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed
  • Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as leader of China PR
  • Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy
  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained