On This Day

What Happened on June 5, 1981

Historical Events

  • AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Music releaseAlbum Release

George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer

Famous Birthdays

  • Jade Goody, English television personality (Big Brother), born in London (d. 2009)
  • Sebastien Lefebvre, Canadian rock guitarist (Simple Plan - "Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"), born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Deaths

  • Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
1981 Highlights

About June 5, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini