What Happened in April 1981

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Apr 1 Daylight saving time is introduced in the USSR.
  • Apr 2 Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns
  • Apr 2 Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
  • Apr 3 Arnie Boldt of Saskatchewan jumps 6' 8.25," with 1 leg
  • Apr 3 Race riots in London's Brixton area, England
  • Apr 4 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • Apr 4 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard Aldaniti wins
  • Apr 4 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Apr 5 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • Apr 6 Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo
  • Apr 6 Belgian government of Mark Eyskens forms
  • Apr 7 Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 7 "Street Songs" 5th studio album by Rick James is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1981)

Musician Rick James
Rick James
  • Apr 8 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
  • Apr 9 US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • Apr 10 "Caveman" with Ringo premieres
  • Apr 10 Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded
  • Apr 10 France performs nuclear test
  • Apr 10 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament for Northern Ireland county of Fermanagh and South Tyrone

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 12 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 12 Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched
  • Apr 13 Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart"
  • Apr 13 Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax)
  • Apr 14 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth
  • Apr 15 Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award winning stry about an 8-year-old heroin addict is a lie, Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story
  • Apr 16 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 17 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • Apr 17 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • Apr 19 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf
  • Apr 19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 19 William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
  • Apr 20 Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs
  • Apr 20 Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession
  • Apr 20 "Fire and Smoke" single released by Earl Thomas Conley (Billboard Song of the Year 1981)
  • Apr 21 US furnish $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia
  • Apr 22 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike
  • Apr 22 Almost 1 million West German metal workers go on strike
  • Apr 22 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
  • Apr 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 22 More than $3.3 million is stolen from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson in the then largest US bank robbery in history
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • Apr 24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • Apr 24 US ends grain embargo against USSR
  • Apr 25 Mariners mgr Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Seattle's grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot
  • Apr 25 More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan
  • Apr 26 "Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 26 Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • Apr 27 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse
  • Apr 28 Galician current Statute of Autonomy.
  • Apr 28 "We’re Fighting Back" premieres on CBS in the US, based on the formation of the Guardian Angels
  • Apr 29 Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women)
  • Apr 29 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
  • Apr 29 1981 NFL Draft: George Rogers from University of South Carolina first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • Apr 30 "Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Apr 30 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
  • Apr 1 Pieter Weening, Dutch cyclist
  • Apr 1 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • Apr 1 Hannah Spearritt, British singer
  • Apr 1 Aimee Chan, Miss Hong Kong 2006
  • Apr 2 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer
  • Apr 2 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress
  • Apr 3 Aaron Bertram, American musician
  • Apr 3 Matthew Nash, Australian soccer player
  • Apr 3 Heath Ramsay, Australian Olympic swimmer
  • Apr 3 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player
  • Apr 5 Jorge de la Rosa, Mexican baseball player
  • Apr 5 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 6 Robert Earnshaw, Zambian born, Welsh international footballer
  • Apr 7 Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer
  • Apr 8 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 8 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • Apr 8 Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model
  • Apr 9 Eric Harris, Columbine High School shooter, born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • Apr 9 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • Apr 9 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Apr 9 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Laura Bell Bundy, American actor
  • Apr 10 Liz McClarnon, British singer
  • Apr 10 Michael Pitt, American actor
  • Apr 10 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 11 Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model
  • Apr 11 Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 12 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 12 Jaspreet Singh, businessman
  • Apr 12 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist
  • Apr 13 Courtney Peldon, American actress
  • Apr 13 Nat Borchers, American soccer player
  • Apr 15 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • Apr 15 Seth Wulsin, American artist
  • Apr 17 Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
  • Apr 17 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Brian Buscher, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Apr 19 Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • Apr 19 Kasie Head, American actress and model
  • Apr 19 Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • Apr 19 Catalina Sandino Moreno, Colombian actress
  • Apr 20 Matus Valent, male fitness model
  • Apr 21 Stephanie Larimore, American model
  • Apr 22 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • Apr 23 Gabriella MAO Windsor, daughter of English prince Michael
  • Apr 23 Sean Henn, American baseball player
  • Apr 23 Joanna Krupa, Supermodel/actress
  • Apr 23 Chris Sharma, American rock climber/boulderer
  • Apr 24 Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • Apr 25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
  • Apr 25 Anja Pärson, Swedish skier
  • Apr 25 Dwone Hicks, National Football League runningback
  • Apr 26 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
  • Apr 26 Ms. Dynamite, English musician
  • Apr 27 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer
  • Apr 27 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese singer
  • Apr 27 Joey Gathright, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 28 Jessica Alba, American actress (Dark Angel, Sin City) and businesswoman (The Honest Company), born in Pomona, California

Actress and Businesswoman Jessica Alba
Actress and Businesswoman
Jessica Alba
  • Apr 29 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 29 Alex Vincent, American actor
  • Apr 30 John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • Apr 30 Emma Pierson, British actress
  • Apr 30 Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor and writer (Dr. Raj Koothrappali - The Big Bang Theory), born in London

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 9 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • Apr 25 Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 27 Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach [Goldbach]

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 1 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • Apr 3 Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder (b. 1899)
  • Apr 4 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • Apr 5 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 5 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • Apr 8 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • Apr 11 Marie Ney, dies at 85
  • Apr 12 Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
  • Apr 15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies
  • Apr 19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 22 Brailsford Reese Brazeal, dean (Morehouse College), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • Apr 26 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • Apr 28 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • Apr 30 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78