On This Day

What Happened on March 23, 1981

Historical Events


Sport awardPGA Players Championship

PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions
  • US Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men

Famous Birthdays

  • Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • Luciana Carro, Canadian actress
  • Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), dies in a car accident at 40
1981 Highlights

About March 23, 1981

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

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries