On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1981

Historical Events

  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Ronald Reagan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Famous Birthdays

  • Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Carl Crawford, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Cory Williams, American internet celebrity (The Mean Kitty Song), born in Merced, California
  • Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
1981 Highlights

About August 5, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo