On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1981

Historical Events

Music Single

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Ashley Parker Angel, American pop singer (O-Town), and actor, born in Redding, California
  • Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer, born in Port Laoise, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayevsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, dies of cancer at 58
  • Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
1981 Highlights

About August 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo