On This Day

What Happened on January 23, 1981

Historical Events

  • 1st Richard Nixon museum opens in San Clemente California
  • Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi

Famous Birthdays

  • Greg Smith, American UFC fighter, born in Vallejo, California
  • Rob Friend, Canadian football player, born in Rosetown, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

Person of interestSamuel Barber

Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Samuel Barber

1981 Highlights

About January 23, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aquarius