October 1981 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike
  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ
  • 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 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo
  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)
  • 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 16 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 16 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader

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

  • 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 25 200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile

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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 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

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • Oct 8 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia, of Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Tila Tequila, American model
  • Oct 27 Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier
  • Oct 29 Amanda Beard, 100m/200m breaststroke (Oly-2 silv-96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 31 Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
  • Oct 31 Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (39) weds broadcast journalist Suzanne Childs

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, writer, dies at 85
  • Oct 6 [Mohammed] Anwar al-Sadat, pres Egypt (1970-81), assassinated at 62
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (b. 1895)
  • Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66
  • Oct 17 Albert Cohen, Swiss author (b. 1895)
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, US author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85