On This Day

What Happened on July 29, 1981

Historical Events

  • Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Former Iranian president Bani Sadr flees to Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer
  • Fernando Alonso, Spanish auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2005-06; 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018-19; FIA World Endurance C'ship 2018-19), born in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
  • Jennie Thompson, gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Olympics 1996), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Troy Perkins, American soccer player

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Famous Deaths

  • Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
1981 Highlights

About July 29, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 40 years and 4 months
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Wedding of Charles and Diana (United Kingdom)

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo