On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1981

Historical Events

  • 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • International Year for the Disabled begins
  • Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors

Famous Birthdays

  • Eden Riegel, American actress (All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jonas Armstrong, Irish-born British actor (Robin Hood), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian auto racer (German Formula Renault C'ship 1999), born in Debrecen, Hungary

Famous Deaths

  • Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), dies at 74
  • Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian concert pianist, dies at 60
  • Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1941, 47, 48), dies at 74
1981 Highlights

About January 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn