What Happened on January 15, 1981

Historical Events

  • Pitcher Bob Gibson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America
  • Police drama "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV

Event of Interest

Pope John Paul II receives Lech Wałęsa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican

1981 History

Famous Birthdays

  • El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Howie Day, American pop-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Collide"), born in Bangor, Maine
  • Pitbull [Armando Christian Perez], American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer, born in Perth, United Kingdom
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • David E. Lilienthal, American attorney and government administrator (Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-46; Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-50), dies at 81
  • Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 92

About January 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn

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