On This Day

What Happened on March 5, 1981

Historical Events

Sports History

Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
  • Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)

Sports History

Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • Michael Stewart's musical "Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater, NYC for 4 performances
  • US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer

Famous Birthdays

  • Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • Shugo Oshinari, Japanese actor
  • Zach Williams, American Christian rock musician (There was Jesus), born in Pensacola, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Theodore "Red" Saunders, American jazz drummer and bandleader, based in Chicago, dies at 69
  • Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), dies in a car crash at 84
1981 Highlights

About March 5, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 7 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces