On This Day

What Happened on August 30, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry takes the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart

Famous Deaths

  • Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48

Person of interestVera-Ellen

Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen