Historical Events in October 1981

  • 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

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Oct 4 Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ
  • Oct 4 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest intl gymnastics participant
  • Oct 5 Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 5 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)

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Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 8 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser

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Oct 8 President Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford & Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo
  • Oct 11 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)
  • Oct 11 Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 12 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins
  • Oct 13 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges the U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner.
  • Oct 15 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 16 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 16 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 32nd Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by one point
  • Oct 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant

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Oct 19 Nicolaas Bloembergen & Arthur Schawlow win Nobel Prize for Physics (laser)

  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 20 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • Oct 20 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • Oct 22 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization decertified
  • Oct 22 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW v Queensland
  • Oct 22 US national debt tops $1 trillion
  • Oct 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 22 The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organisation faction led by Hareram Sharma and D.P. Singh begins.
  • Oct 22 The TGV railway service Paris-Lyon is inaugurated.
  • Oct 22 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame artificial sweetener for tabletop use following years of scrutiny
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion

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Oct 24 Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Oct 25 11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 25 200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile
  • Oct 25 Allison Roe (2:25:29) & Alberto Salazar (2:08:13) win NYC marathon

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Oct 25 George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Oct 26 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • Oct 27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 27 The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia
  • Oct 28 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Oct 31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)