On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1981

Historical Events

  • "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Isabel Allende begins a letter to her dying grandfather that will become her first novel "The House of the Spirits"

  • Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China

Famous Deaths

  • Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
1981 Highlights

About January 8, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 8 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Capricorn