On This Day

What Happened on May 16, 1981

Historical Events

#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 shortstop Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples as Astros beat Chicago Cubs, 6-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Schalk Brits, South African rugby union hooker (15 Tests; Stormers, Saracens), born in Empangeni, South Africa

Famous Weddings

  • Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

Famous Deaths

  • Ernie Freeman, American musician (Raunchy), pianist and arranger, dies at 58
1981 Highlights

About May 16, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus