What Happened in August 1981

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns

Music releaseMusic Single

Aug 1 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

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Aug 2 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham takes 5 for 11 to end Australia's chase of 151 target, all out 121 for 29 run defeat in 4th Test at Edgbaston

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

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Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Aug 3 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • Aug 4 Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 4 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
  • Aug 5 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • Aug 6 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
  • Aug 7 "The Washington Star" ceases all operations after 128 years of publication
  • Aug 8 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve

  • Aug 9 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 PGA Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club: Larry Nelson wins by 4 strokes from Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • Aug 9 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • Aug 10 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business

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Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 10 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Aug 12 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV
  • Aug 13 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)
  • Aug 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront

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Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 16 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Aug 18 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances

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Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 23 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 25 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)
  • Aug 25 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)
  • Aug 26 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 26 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • Aug 27 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 28 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • Aug 28 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Aug 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer, born in Port Laoise, Ireland
  • Aug 1 Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Aug 4 Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • Aug 4 Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
  • Aug 4 Ben Scott, English cricketer
  • Aug 4 Abigail Spencer, Gulf Breeze, Florida, American actress (Cowboys & Aliens)

Person of interestMeghan Markle

Aug 4 [Rachel] Meghan Markle, American former actress, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, born in Los Angeles, California

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle
  • Aug 5 Carl Crawford, American baseball player
  • Aug 5 Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer
  • Aug 5 Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • Aug 5 Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
  • Aug 5 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Aug 6 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
  • Aug 8 Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer and songwriter

Person of interestRoger Federer

Aug 8 Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player (20 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Bottmingen, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Aug 8 Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
  • Aug 8 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • Aug 8 Meagan Good, American actress
  • Aug 9 Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • Aug 10 Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer
  • Aug 10 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • Aug 11 Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Aug 11 Sandi Thom, Scottish born singer
  • Aug 12 Tony Capaldi, Northern Ireland footballer
  • Aug 12 Djibril Cissé, French footballer
  • Aug 14 Matthew Etherington, English footballer
  • Aug 14 Julius Jones, American football player
  • Aug 15 Brendan Hansen, American swimmer
  • Aug 15 Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
  • Aug 15 Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • Aug 16 Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguayan footballer, born in Asunción, Paraguay
  • Aug 17 Kristin Holt, American television personality
  • Aug 18 César Delgado, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Aug 18 Dimitris Salpingidis, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aug 18 Jon Schneck, American musician (Relient K), born in Eustis, Florida
  • Aug 20 Lauri Illy, Virginia Beach Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Mendy, French footballer
  • Aug 20 Benjamin Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
  • Aug 21 Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player, born in Chania, Greece
  • Aug 21 Collie Buddz [Colin Patrick Harper], American Reggae & Dancehall artist (Come Around), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Aug 21 Jarrod Lyle, Australian professional golfer, born in Shepparton, Australia
  • Aug 22 Alex Holmes, American football player, born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 23 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer, born in Pforzheim, Germany
  • Aug 23 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Aug 23 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant, born in Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Aug 24 Jiro Wang Dong Cheng, Taiwanese singer and actor, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Aug 24 Chad Michael Murray, American actor (One Tree Hill), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 24 Mercedes Scelba-Shorte, American model, born in New Jersey
  • Aug 25 Rachel Bilson, American actress
  • Aug 25 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)
  • Aug 26 Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • Aug 26 Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Aug 26 Tino Best, West Indian cricketer
  • Aug 27 Demetria McKinney, American actress ( House of Payne), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Aug 27 Patrick J. Adams, Canadian actor (Suits), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 28 Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Aug 28 Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer
  • Aug 28 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • Aug 28 Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
  • Aug 28 Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
  • Aug 29 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist
  • Aug 29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), Australian actor

Person of interestBrian Chesky

Aug 29 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • Aug 31 Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Aug 31 40 Cal, American rapper
  • Aug 31 Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
  • Aug 31 Joe Swanberg, American filmmaker

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 1 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 3 Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • Aug 17 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Hermann Schey, German Netherlands singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke at 70
  • Aug 26 Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies at 97
  • Aug 27 Joan Edwards, american singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89
  • Aug 30 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies at 67