On This Day

What Happened on January 4, 1981

Historical Events

  • "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • "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"
  • Musical "Peter Pan", starring Sandy Duncan, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • Alicia Garza, American writer and civil rights activist (co-founded #BlackLivesMatter), born in Oakland, California

Famous Deaths

  • Ruth Lowe, Canadian pianist and composer ("I''ll Never Smile Again"), dies at 66
1981 Highlights

About January 4, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn