On This Day

What Happened on August 3, 1981

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.

Famous Deaths

  • Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • Seymour Ă–sterwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
1981 Highlights

About August 3, 1981

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 2 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Civic Holiday (Canada), Summer Bank Holiday (Ireland, United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo