On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Famous Birthdays

  • El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Howie Day, American singer, 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

Famous Deaths

  • Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 92