On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • "Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Brian Teacher wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats home favourite Kim Warwick 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
  • British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"

Famous Deaths

  • Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer (I'll Never Smile Again), dies at 66