On This Day

What Happened on August 26, 1981

Historical Events

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

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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Famous Birthdays

  • Birdie Kim, South Korean golfer (US Open 2005), born in Iksan, South Korea
  • Jesse Martin, Australian yachtsman
  • Petey Williams, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Tino Best, West Indian cricketer

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? 39 years, 7 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo