What Happened on July 19, 1981

Historical Events

Sports History

68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

British Golf Open

British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

  • South African Springbok rugby team arrives in New Zealand beginning 56 days of 'near civil war' in the country between anti-apartheid protesters and tour supporters [1]
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

  • David Bernard, West Indian cricketer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Didz Hammond, British bassist and backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things; The Cooper Temple Clause), born in Reading, England
  • Jimmy Gobble, American baseball player
  • Naomi Grabow, American pairs skater (with partner Benjamin Oberman), born in lLke Arrowhead California
  • Nen√© [Anderson Luiz de Carvalho], Brazilian footballer (La Liga), born in Jundia√≠, Brazil
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • Louis Cheslock, British-born American violinist, composer and educator of Polish heritage (Peabody Institute, 1916-76), dies at 82
  • Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor, noted for his bilingual rendition of national anthem "O Canada" at Montreal sporting events, dies of a brain tumor at 62

About July 19, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 8 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The One That You Love - Air Supply
  • UK #1 Song: Ghost Town - Specials