On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1981

Historical Events

  • "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver confesses that he is the "Yorkshire Ripper" and murdered 13 women

Famous Birthdays

  • Brooklyn Sudano, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • Paul FĂ©lix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
1981 Highlights

About January 5, 1981

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 10 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn