June 1981 in History

Events in History

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

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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
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers of Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • 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 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, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing
  • Jun 7 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win
  • Jun 7 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • Jun 10 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail
  • 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 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake at Iran, killing at least 2,000.
  • Jun 12 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • Jun 13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany

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Jun 13 Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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Jun 13 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 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 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 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 Don Fagan & Walter Becker quit Steely Dan
  • 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
  • Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
  • 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.
  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 8 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, Famous sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 10 Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Jun 13 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
  • Jun 18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
  • Jun 18 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • Jun 22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)
  • Jun 30 Karolina Sadalska, Polish kayaker

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, (Rep-D-Ga, 1914-64), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, anthropology prof (What in the World), dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), dies at 63
  • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch graphic artist/cartoonist/painter, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • Jun 16 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • Jun 28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • Jun 29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered