On This Day

What Happened on May 11, 1981

Historical Events

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

Famous Birthdays

  • Austin O'Brien, American actor (Apollo 13, My Girl 2, Lawnmower Man), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player, born in Albury, Australia

Famous Deaths

Person of interestBob Marley

Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician ("One Love"; "Three Little Birds"; "No Woman, No Cry"), dies of brain and lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Hoyt J. Fuller, American editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), dies at 83
1981 Highlights

About May 11, 1981

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus