What Happened on May 16, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

Music release#1 in the Charts

"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Jim Sturgess, English actor

Famous Weddings

  • Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

Famous Deaths

  • Ernest Aaron "Ernie" Freeman, American musician, dies at 58
  • Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)