On This Day

What Happened on January 3, 1981

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

American golfer Johnny Miller wins the sport's first $1 million tournament when he beats Seve Ballesteros of Spain in a playoff in the inaugural Million Dollar World Challenge at Sun City, South Africa

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell scores a masterly 204 v India in the 1st Test in Sydney; home side wins by an innings and 4 runs

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Australian Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková wins her 1st of 4 career Grand Slam singles titles; beats home favourite Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Blais, American off-road racing rider (Motorcycle San Felipe 250 2005; Dakar Rally 2007 3rd overall), born in Apple Valley, California

Person of interestEli Manning

Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback (MVP Super Bowls 2007, 11; Pro Bowl 2008, 11, 12, 15; NY Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Famous Deaths

  • Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
1981 Highlights

About January 3, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn