On This Day

What Happened on January 21, 1981

Historical Events

  • "Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater New York City for 54 performances
  • Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for 1st time on a New York City subway train
  • Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Lee, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model
  • Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alongside his father Norman
  • Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alongside son James
1981 Highlights

About January 21, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aquarius