What Happened on May 21, 1981

Historical Events

Event of Interest

François Mitterrand becomes president of France

  • Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA

Music History

Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

  • Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Beth Botsford, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Max Mutzke, German funk-pop-soul singer-songwriter and musician ("Can't Wait Until Tonight"), born in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies

About May 21, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 10 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Music Charts

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