On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1981

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Music releaseMusic Single

John Lennon's single "Woman" is posthumously released in the UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

Famous Birthdays

  • Bobby Zamora, English footballer, born in Barking, United Kingdom
  • Nick Valensi, American guitarist (The Strokes), born in New York

Famous Deaths

  • Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
1981 Highlights

About January 16, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 6 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn