What Happened in June 1981

Historical Events

Film & TV History

Jun 2 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

Assassination Attempt

Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

  • Jun 4 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles

Sports History

Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

Album Release

Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago" (Featuring Paul and Ringo)

  • Jun 5 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown

  • Jun 6 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • Jun 7 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 11th and final career Grand Slam title; Open era record 6th French title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

  • Jun 7 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • Jun 8 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters win
  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1
  • Jun 10 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail

Sports History

Jun 10 Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence

  • Jun 10 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
  • Jun 11 Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 11 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake in Iran, kills at least 2,000

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the first Indiana Jones film) directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford premieres

  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike
  • Jun 12 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • Jun 13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany

Historic Event

Jun 13 Teenager fires 6 blank rounds at Queen Elizabeth II

Historic Event

Jun 13 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

LPGA Championship

Jun 14 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young sinks 15 foot birdie putt on 18th to beat Jerilyn Britz and Pat Meyers by 1 stroke

  • Jun 14 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun 17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • Jun 18 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires
  • Jun 18 Vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease announced
  • Jun 19 Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
  • Jun 19 European Space Agency's Ariane carries 2 satellites into orbit
  • Jun 19 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Hawkwind and Ginger Baker headline; other performers include New Order, Taj Mahal, Aswad, Gordon Giltrap, Judie Tzuke, Gong, Matumbi, Robert Hunter, Supercharge, and Talisman
  • Jun 19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Jun 19 India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched
  • Jun 20 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • Jun 20 Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime
  • Jun 20 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection
  • Jun 21 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000
  • Jun 21 Bread riots in Casablanca, Morocco, kill 66 people (government figure vs opposition estimate of 637)
  • Jun 21 Socialists and communists win French parliamentary election
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers
  • Jun 22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • Jun 22 Iranian president Bani Sadr deposed

Sports History

Jun 22 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

Music History

Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing former Beatle John Lennon

  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy

Film Premiere

Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London

  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration as constitutional

Film Premiere

Jun 26 "Stripes", American military comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy premieres

#1 in the Charts

Jun 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

Assassination Attempt

Jun 27 Ali Khamenei narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, when a bomb concealed in a tape recorder, explodes on a desk in front of him

  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, aged 21, is crowned the 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack on Islamic Republican Party conference in Tehran, Iran, including Chief Justice Mohammad Beheshti
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed

Historic Event

Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Historic Event

Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy

  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained

Famous Birthdays

Amy Schumer

Jun 1 Amy Schumer, American comedian, writer and producer (Inside Amy Schumer), born in New York

  • Jun 1 Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter, born in Ravensdale, Washington
  • Jun 1 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • Jun 2 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Jun 2 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis player, born in Sievierodonetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • Jun 4 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 4 T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian
  • Jun 4 William Barton, Australian didgeridoo player, and composer (Kalkadunga), born in Mount Isa, North-West Queensland, Australia
  • Jun 5 Jade Goody, English television personality (Big Brother), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Jun 5 Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian rock guitarist (Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jun 6 Johnny Pacar, American film actor
  • Jun 7 Amrita Rao, Indian model and actress

Anna Kournikova

Jun 7 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow, USSR

  • Jun 7 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • Jun 7 Larisa Oleynik, American actress
  • Jun 8 Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • Jun 8 Alex Band, American singer (The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 8 Jess Weixler, American actress
  • Jun 8 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • Jun 8 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, British-Indian sitar player, composer, and daughter of Ravi Shankar, born in London, England

Natalie Portman

Jun 9 Natalie Portman [Neta-Lee Hershlag], Israeli-American actress (V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Star Wars), born in Jerusalem, Israel

  • Jun 9 Vic Zhou, Taiwanese pop singer (F4), actor (Meteor Garden; Home), and model, born in Yilan, Taiwan
  • Jun 10 Hoku, American singer and actress
  • Jun 10 Jonathan Bennett, American actor (Mean Girls), born in Rossford, Ohio
  • Jun 10 Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Jun 11 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 12 Adriana Lima, Brazilian supermodel, born in Salvador, Brazil
  • Jun 12 John Gourley, American musician, singer, and songwriter (Portugal. The Man), born in Wasilla, Alaska

Chris Evans

Jun 13 Chris Evans, American actor (Captain American, Human Torch-Fantastic Four), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jun 13 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
  • Jun 14 Chauncey Leopardi, American actor
  • Jun 14 Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
  • Jun 15 Billy Martin, American guitarist and songwriter (Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless), born in Annapolis, Maryland,
  • Jun 15 Cristin Duren, Miss Florida Teen USA (Miss Photogenic-1997)
  • Jun 15 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • Jun 15 Jordi Vilasuso, American actor
  • Jun 16 Ben Kweller, American singer-songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 16 Benjamin Becker, German tennis player
  • Jun 16 Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks, Canada), born in Grimsby, Ontario
  • Jun 16 Miguel Villalta, Peruvian footballer
  • Jun 17 Amrita Rao, Indian Bollywood actress (Vivah)
  • Jun 17 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • Jun 17 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jun 18 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • Jun 18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand child murder victim (d. 1987)
  • Jun 20 Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 21 Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist (The Killers- "Mr. Brightside"; "Human"), born in Henderson, Nevada
  • Jun 21 Yann Danis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 22 Chris Urbanowicz, British rock guitarist (The Editors, 2002-12), born in Aslockton, England
  • Jun 22 Lisa Moro, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 22 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2015)
  • Jun 25 Pooja Umashankar, Indian-Sri Lankan actress (Asai Man Piyabanna), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jun 25 Sheridan Smith, British actress (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
  • Jun 25 Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper (Olympic gold- 2002, 2010), born in Grabs, Switzerland
  • Jun 28 Jon Watts, American film director and screenwriter (Spider-Man franchise, 2017 - present), born in Fountain, Colorado
  • Jun 28 Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia
  • Jun 29 Joe Johnson, American basketball player, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jun 29 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, born in Orán, Province of Salta, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • Jun 30 Can Artam, Turkish racing driver, born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jun 30 Karolina Sadalska, Polish canoer

Famous Weddings

Oliver Stone

Jun 7 American filmmaker Oliver Stone (34) weds production assistant Elizabeth Burkit Cox; divorce 1993


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, American politician (38th Dean of the United States House of Representatives, 1961-65), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, South African cricket batsman (15 Tests, top score 117), dies at 74
  • Jun 5 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • Jun 9 Allen Ludden [Ellsworth], American TV personality and gameshow host (Password), husband of Betty White, dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Jun 9 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • Jun 11 Albert Markos, Romanian composer (Torso I), dies at 66
  • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, Surinamese official (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • Jun 16 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
  • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • Jun 18 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jun 22 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Floyd "Candy" Johnson, American jazz saxophonist (Andy Kirk; Count Basie; Bill Doggett), and educator, dies at 59
  • Jun 28 Mohammed Beheshti, Iranian cleric and politician (Chief Justice of Iran), assassinated in Hafte Tir bombing at 52
  • Jun 28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German-Austrian pianist and film score composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), dies of cancer at 22