What Happened on February 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Richfield, Ohio

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
  • French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7
  • Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG

Famous Birthdays

  • Graeme Smith, South African cricketer
  • Luis Lamá, Angolan footballer
  • Rob Austin, British racing driver

Famous Deaths

  • Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • Ernst Pepping, German composer, dies at 79
  • Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52