On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1981

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois 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, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • Maximilian [Max] Mutzke, German singer

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? 39 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini