On This Day

What Happened on April 12, 1981

Historical Events

US 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 (Ballade of Merel; Te Deum), dies at 88

Joe Louis

Joe Louis, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

1981 Highlights

About April 12, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 6 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries