San Diego in History

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1542-09-28 Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

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1769-07-16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego the 1st mission in California

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1897-03-13 San Diego State University is founded.
  • 1910-11-10 The date of Thomas A. Davis' opening of the San Diego Army and Navy Academy, though the official founding date is November 23, 1910.
  • 1911-01-10 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego
  • 1911-01-26 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • 1911-02-17 1st hydroplane flight to & from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
  • 1913-11-18 Lincoln Deachey becomes the first American pilot to perform an aircraft loop-the-loop in his Curtiss aeroplane near San Diego
  • 1916-10-02 San Diego Zoo founded
  • 1923-05-03 1st nonstop north American transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
  • 1928-03-27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • 1949-03-16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-06-29 XETV TV channel 6 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-09-13 KGTV TV channel 10 in San Diego, CA (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-07-12 XEWT TV channel 12 in Tijuana-San Diego, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-02-10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego

  • 1961-12-24 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3; Billy Cannon scores game's only TD
  • 1963-01-05 San Diego beats Boston 51-10 in AFL championship game
  • 1964-01-05 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1964-07-12 US Open Women's Golf, San Diego CC: Mickey Wright wins her 4th Open in a playoff with Ruth Jessen

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1964-12-26 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7; defending champions can't overcome 1st quarter injury to star RB Keith Lincoln
  • 1965-11-14 KCST TV channel 39 in San Diego, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-12-26 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year's win over SD
  • 1966-10-02 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title
  • 1967-06-10 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren sets a world record mark of 17'7" in San Diego, CA
  • 1967-06-25 KPBS TV channel 15 in San Diego, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-12-13 San Diego, CA records snow at a zero elevation after temperatures plunge 19 degrees (F) in eight hours.
  • 1968-04-05 Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego opens
  • 1968-09-28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship
  • 1970-09-26 The Laguna Fire starts in San Diego County, California, burning 175,425 acres (710 km²).

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1970-10-13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1972-09-18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)

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1973-03-31 Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a shock split-points decision loss to Ken Norton over 12 rounds in San Diego; Ali wins rematch in another controversial split decision

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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1973-09-26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1975-04-15 1st appearance of San Diego Chicken
  • 1978-07-11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium

  • 1978-09-25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • 1979-06-29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium

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1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1982-01-02 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1982-03-15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
  • 1984-12-21 Brigham Young University (BYU) beats Michigan, 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego to remain undefeated and secure their first ever NCAA Division I-A football title
  • 1985-09-04 NY Mets catcher Gary Carter's 2 HRs in a 9-2 win in San Diego ties MLB record of 5 HRs in 2 games

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1990-09-03 Helen Hudson sings national anthem in 26th park of year (San Diego)
  • 1991-04-21 French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio discovers the San Diego, Dutch galleon sunk in 1600 off Fortune Island in the Philippines
  • 1991-05-23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1991-09-14 San Diego State freshman running back Marshall Faulk rushes for NCAA record 386 yards and scores 7 touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific, 55-34
  • 1991-11-30 San Diego State's Marshall Faulk is 1st freshman to capture national rushing and scoring titles
  • 1992-05-09 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992-05-16 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1994-02-05 "Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego," debuts on Fox TV
  • 1995-01-29 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB
  • 1995-02-13 Howard Stern radio show premieres in San Diego CA on XTRA-FM
  • 1995-06-03 Expos pitcher Pedro Martinez perfect game is broken up in 10th inning as San Diego's Bip Roberts leads off with a double, Mont wins 1-0
  • 1997-05-01 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in San Diego CA on KIOZ 105.3 FM
  • 1998-01-25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1999-08-05 St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire becomes only the 16th MLB player to reach the 500 home run milestone as the Cardinals lose 10-2 v San Diego at Busch Stadium

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1999-08-06 Tony Gwynn goes 4 for 5 and collects his 3,000th MLB hit as San Diego beats Expos, 12-10 at Montreal Olympic Stadium

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2002-01-29 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

  • 2003-01-26 Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21; MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S
  • 2003-10-26 The Cedar Fire, the second-largest fire in Californian history, kills 15 people, consumes 250,000 acres (1,000 km²), destroys 2,200 homes around San Diego

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2004-09-17 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits his 700th career MLB home run, off San Diego's Jake Peavy

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2007-02-12 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership
  • 2007-08-04 San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds homers off Clay Hensley in 2nd inning of 3-2 loss to San Diego to tie Hank Aaron’s 33 year-old MLB career home run record of 755
  • 2010-11-07 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, San Diego, California: Flavia Pennetta of Italy beats American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 to wrap up a 3-1 win and 3rd title for the Italians
  • 2015-05-31 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)

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2015-07-09 48th San Diego Comic-Con begins (till 12th) - includes preview of new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams

Director, Producer and Writer J. J. Abrams
Director, Producer and Writer
J. J. Abrams
Actor Adam Driver
Actor
Adam Driver
  • 2015-11-09 San Diego's SeaWorld announces it will overhaul its killer whale show after controversy over the whales treatment

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2016-08-26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • 2019-05-29 World's smallest surviving baby, a girl, discharged from Sharp March Birch Hospital in San Diego after being born at 23 weeks weighing 8.6 ounces (245 grams)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1890-07-25 Tom O'Brien, American actor (Physical Evidence), born in San Diego, California (d. 1947)
  • 1906-06-30 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)

Person of interestGregory Peck

1916-04-05 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1918-05-19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

Person of interestTed Williams

1918-08-30 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1920-09-15 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1920-10-27 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1922-09-20 Frank Comstock, American orchestra leader (Jimmie Rodgers Show), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1922-11-28 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1923-08-24 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-21 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d.2019)

Person of interestRobert Duvall

1931-01-05 Robert Duvall, American award winning actor and filmmaker (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, MASH, Great Santini, Taxi Driver), born in San Diego, California

  • 1931-06-24 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933-07-27 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), born in San Diego, California (d. 2008)
  • 1934-09-17 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player who won the 1st women's Grand Slam in 1953, born in San Diego, California (d. 1969)
  • 1935-02-14 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), born in San Diego, California (d. 2020)
  • 1937-01-15 Margaret O'Brien, American actress (Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St Louis), born in San Diego, California
  • 1937-06-05 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), born in San Diego, California (d. 1990)
  • 1938-02-03 Victor Buono, actor (Man from Atlantis, Untouchables), born in San Diego, California
  • 1938-04-03 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1939-09-05 John Stewart, American rocker (Kingston Trio-Fire in the Wind), born in San Diego, California
  • 1940-08-23 Tony Bill, American actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65), born in San Diego, California
  • 1941-08-04 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • 1941-11-26 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano, born in San Diego, California
  • 1942-09-04 Bob Filner, American politician (Rep-D-California 1992-2012; Mayor of San Diego, 2012-13), born in Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania
  • 1942-09-16 Dennis Conner, American sailor, 4 time America's Cup winning skipper (1974, 1980, 1987, 1988) and Olympic bronze medalist (1976), born in San Diego, California
  • 1942-12-11 Karen Susman, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1962), born in San Diego, California
  • 1942-12-30 Fred Ward, actor (Chain Reaction, Thunderheart, Equinox), born in San Diego, California
  • 1943-08-04 Michael J McCulley, Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS-34), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1944-06-08 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), born in San Diego, California (d. 2012)
  • 1944-12-04 Chris Hillman, American singer (The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-04-28 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-07-14 Maureen O'Connor, Mayor (San Diego)
  • 1946-09-04 Gary Duncan, American guitarist (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946-09-04 Greg Elmore, American rock drummer (Quicksilver), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-05-02 Bill Lowery, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from California (1981-93), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-08-08 Larry Wilcox, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-08-27 Ed Herrmann, MLB catcher (White Sox), born in San Diego, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-11-19 Bob Boone, baseball player and manager (Phillies, Angels), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947-12-29 Ted Danson, American actor (Cheers, 3 Men & A Baby, CSI), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-09-16 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948-11-21 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Constance Forslund, actress (Shining Season), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-06-19 Ann Wilson, American musician (Heart-What About Love), born in San Diego, California
  • 1950-11-16 David Leisure, American actor (Joe Isuzu, Airplane, Charley-Empty Nest), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951-08-20 Greg Bear, American sci-fi author (2 Hugos, Eon, Eternity), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951-11-10 Morris Hatalsky, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951-12-24 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1952-02-28 Jennie Lynn, actress (Love & Marriage), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-06-02 Craig Stadler, American golfer (US Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • 1953-12-02 Jay Haas, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2006, 08; Senior Players C'ship 2009; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1954-09-20 Brinke Stevens [Charlene Brinkman], American actress (Slumber Party Massacre), born in San Diego, California
  • 1954-12-23 Brian Teacher, American tennis player (Australian Open 1980), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-08-29 Diamanda Galás, Greek-American composer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-09-17 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-09-18 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, born in San Diego, California (d. 2006)
  • 1955-11-02 Mark Reynolds, American yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1992, 2000), born in San Diego, California
  • 1955-11-05 Kris Jenner, American TV personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-02-06 Kathy Najimy, American actress & activist (Sister Act, Veronica's Closet), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-03-20 Theresa Russell, [Paup], actress (Black Widow, Razor's Edge), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-04-11 John Castellanos, American actor (John Silva-Young & Restless), born in San Diego, California
  • 1957-09-22 Phil Blackmar, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-11-03 Derrike Cope, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1990), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-11-03 Brady Hoke, American college football coach (San Diego State, Michigan), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1958-11-07 Lori Saldaña, American politician (California State Assembly), born in San Diego, California
  • 1958-12-01 Charlene Tilton, American actress (Lucy Ewing - Dallas), born in San Diego, California
  • 1959-12-27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-01-29 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-03-26 Marcus Allen, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1981, USC; Super Bowl MVP 1984, LA Raiders; 6 x Pro Bowl), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-03-31 Anne Howard, actress (Nicole Love-Another World), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-08-20 Mark Langston, American MLB pitcher (California Angels), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestRuPaul

1960-11-17 RuPaul [Andre Charles], American drag queen, actor, singer and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in San Diego, California

Actor, Singer and Drag Queen RuPaul
Actor, Singer and Drag Queen
RuPaul
  • 1961-08-05 Tawny Kitaen, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-09-23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-09-24 John Logan, American screenwriter and playwright (Gladiator), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-11-06 Craig Goldy, American guitarist for the band Dio, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961-12-26 Tahnee Welch [La Tahn Renee Welch], American actress (Cocoon), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-01-13 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1989; MLB All Star 1989, 90; SF Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-04-26 Michael Damian, American actor (Young & Restless) and singer (Rock on), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962-05-18 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-12-10 Robin White, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963-12-18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-04-20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964-07-02 Doug Benson, American comedian (The LEGO Batman Movie), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-10-04 Mark McLemore, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Texas Rangers), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965-01-11 Barbara Belding, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966-01-31 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966-11-16 Tammy Lauren, actress (Angie, Out of the Blue), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967-04-11 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-12-05 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968-02-23 Stephanie Seymour, American actress/model (Sunny Side Up), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968-07-23 Stephanie Seymour, American model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968-12-12 Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-01-15 Dan Landry, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestPhil Mickelson

1970-06-16 Phil Mickelson, American golfer (5-time PGA Tour major winner, US Masters 2004, 06, 10), born in San Diego, California

  • 1970-11-07 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970-11-08 Tom Anderson, American co-founder of MySpace, born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-01-23 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-02-27 Rich Tylski, American football player (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in San Diego, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-06-05 Baritone belter Frankie Laine (86) weds retired real estate agent Marcia Kline (61) near San Diego
  • 2005-05-18 Television presenter and former Miss Germany Verona Feldbusch (37) weds German entrepreneur Franjo Pooth at the San Diego Court House in San Diego, California
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2011-05-07 "The Amazing Race" winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney marry at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego
  • 2012-03-08 Former "Raising Sextuplets" star Jenny Masche weds longtime beau Levi McClendon in San Diego

LoveWedding of Interest

2018-06-30 "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco (32) marries Karl Cook (26) in San Diego, California

Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco

Famous Deaths

  • 2004-08-25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81