On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Sport awardUS Masters Golf

45th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins his second green jacket and 5th major title by 2 strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller

  • Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist, born in Snejbjerg, Denmark
  • Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer, born in Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Tulsi Gabbard, American politician (Rep (D) Hawaii 2013-) 1st American-Samoan and Hindu member of Congress, born in Leloaloa, American Samoa

Famous Deaths

  • Hans Chemin-Petit, German composer, dies at 78
  • Hendrik Andriessen, Dutch organist and composer (Te Deum), dies at 88

Person of interestJoe Louis

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