On This Day

What Happened on January 5, 1981

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • "Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins
  • British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 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