On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1981

Historical Events

Film & TV History

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

  • Daylight saving time is introduced in the USSR.

Sports History

Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky has an assist (his 103rd) in the Oilers 4-4 tie with Colorado Rockies to break Bobby Orr's 10-year mark for most assists in a single NHL season


Famous Birthdays

  • Aimee Chan, Miss Hong Kong 2006
  • Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball power forward and captain (Ilysiakos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid; NBA: Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Maroussi, Greece
  • Bjørn Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper (world record longest jump 239m 2005; Olympic bronze team 2006), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Bjørn Einar Romøren, Norwegian ski jumper (FIS Ski Flying World C'ship gold team 2004, 06; Olympic bronze LH 2006), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

Famous Deaths

  • D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
1981 Highlights

About April 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 7 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries