On This Day

What Happened on August 26, 1981

Historical Events

  • Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission

Famous Birthdays

  • Birdie Kim, South Korean golfer (US Open 2005), born in Iksan, South Korea
  • Jesse Martin, German- Australian yachtsman (youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe at 18), born in Dachau, Germany
  • Nico Muhly, American contemporary classical composer (Marnie), born in Randolph, Vermont
  • Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler (Lucha Libre USA), born in Windsor, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies at 97
  • Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
1981 Highlights

About August 26, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo

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