What Happened on January 2, 1981

Famous Birthdays

  • Maxi RodrĂ­guez, soccer midfielder (57 caps; AtlĂ©tico Madrid, Newell's Old Boys), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Pedrie Wannenburg, South African rugby union flanker (20 Tests; Bulls, Ulster, Castres, Oyonnax), born in Nelspruit, South Africa (d. 2022)

Famous Deaths

  • David Lynch, American singer (Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies of cancer at 51
1981 Highlights

About January 2, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Day after New Year's Day (New Zealand), New Year Holiday (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
  • UK #1 Song: There's No One Quite Like Grandma - St Winifred's School Choir