What Happened on January 18, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
  • Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper
  • Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)
  • Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor
  • Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player