On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1981

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m

Famous Birthdays

  • Brendan Hansen, American swimmer (Olympic gold, 4x100m medley relay 2004, 08, 12; 6 x World C'ship gold), born in Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • Oliver Perez, American baseball player
  • Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress

Famous Deaths

  • Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), dies at 78
1981 Highlights

About August 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 10 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (India)

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo