August 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
  • Aug 2 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • 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 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 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • 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
  • 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 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 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 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 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 5 Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • Aug 5 Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
  • Aug 6 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
  • Aug 23 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant
  • Aug 25 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)

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

Deaths in History

  • Aug 3 Robert Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (ACLU), dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82