July 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
  • Jul 1 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London
  • Jul 1 Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam
  • Jul 1 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3
  • Jul 3 NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token
  • Jul 4 Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts v Hants at Bournemouth
  • Jul 5 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • Jul 5 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 7 The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel
  • Jul 7 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court
  • Jul 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 8 PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • Jul 8 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • Jul 9 Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 10 CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV)
  • Jul 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 11 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 11 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)
  • Jul 14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • Jul 16 India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously
  • Jul 17 Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens
  • Jul 17 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • Jul 17 Lobby walkways at Kansas City's Hyatt Regency hotel collapse killing 114 and injuring over 200
  • Jul 17 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • Jul 17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • Jul 18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • Jul 20 England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome, Italy court to life
  • Jul 24 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • Jul 25 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn
  • Jul 26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela
  • Jul 26 New York Mayor Ed Koch is given the Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • Jul 29 Iran ex-president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • Jul 30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • Jul 31 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Tadhg Kennelly, Irish-born Australian Rules footballer
  • Jul 2 Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist
  • Jul 20 Thorsten Engelmann, German rower

Weddings in History

  • Jul 27 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)
  • Jul 7 Mildred Lisette Norman a.k.a. Peace Pilgrim, American pacifist and activist
  • Jul 9 Allen Ludden, TV show host (Password), dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • Jul 12 Ben Seijes, historian (WW II), dies at 73
  • Jul 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 27 William Wyler, US director (Ben Hur), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala (b. 1935)
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash