On This Day

What Happened on August 4, 1981

Historical Events

  • Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission

Historic Event

Oliver North is assigned to White House duty

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North

Famous Birthdays

  • Abigail Spencer, Gulf Breeze, Florida, American actress (Cowboys & Aliens)
  • Ben Scott, English cricketer
  • Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • Marques Houston, American R&B singer (Immature-IMx) and actor, born in Los Angeles, California

Meghan Markle

[Rachel] Meghan Markle, American former actress, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, born in Los Angeles, California

Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress Meghan Markle
Duchess of Sussex and Former Actress
Meghan Markle

Famous Deaths

  • Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
1981 Highlights

About August 4, 1981

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 2 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo