September 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Sep 1 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 1 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • Sep 1 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • Sep 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 7 Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

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Sep 15 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

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  • Sep 15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Sep 17 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • Sep 18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19 Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • Sep 19 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • Sep 21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • Sep 21 Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
  • Sep 22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 27 Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • Sep 28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • Sep 30 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 11 Dylan Klebold, Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator (d. 1999)
  • Sep 20 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • Sep 21 Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • Sep 27 Sophie Crumb, American comics artist
  • Sep 29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player

Deaths in History

  • Sep 1 Albert Speer, German NSDAP-architect/minister of Army at 76
  • Sep 1 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English writer (b. 1898)
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • Sep 13 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • Sep 19 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • Sep 27 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)