What Happened on January 25, 1981

Historical Events

Iran Hostage Crisis

52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

Historic Event

Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

  • Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB

Famous Birthdays

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys (41 years old)

American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and pianist ("Girl On Fire"; 'No One"), born in NYC, New York

  • Francis Jeffers, English footballer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • ToŇ°e Proeski, Macedonian pop-rock singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)

Famous Weddings

Bill Murray

Actor Bill Murray (30) weds Margaret Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday in Las Vegas; divorce in 1994

Famous Deaths

  • Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
  • Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
1981 Highlights

About January 25, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Tide Is High - Blondie
  • UK #1 Song: Imagine - John Lennon