On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1981

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

François Mitterrand becomes president of France

21st President of France François Mitterrand
21st President of France
François Mitterrand
  • Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Beth Botsford, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer, born in Waldshut-Tiengen, Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
1981 Highlights

About May 21, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 4 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini