What Happened on May 16, 1981

Historical Events

#1 in the Charts

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

  • 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
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Schalk Brits, South African rugby union hooker (15 Tests; Stormers, Saracens), born in Empangeni, South Africa
Born in 1981

Famous Weddings

  • Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

Famous Deaths

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

About May 16, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • UK #1 Song: Stand And Deliver - Adam & The Ants