What Happened on January 3, 1981

Historical Events

Sports History

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

Cricket History

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

Australian 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

  • NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

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

Eli ManningEli Manning (42 years old)

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

Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • (Charles) Felton Jarvis, American record producer (Elvis Presley, 1966-77; Charley Pride; Willie Nelson), and singer, dies from complications of a stroke at 46
  • Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)

About January 3, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 5 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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