On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501
  • Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas

Famous Birthdays

  • Gwenno Saunders, Former Welsh dancer, now singer with The Pipettes

Famous Deaths

  • David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • George Jessel, American toastmaster general and entertainer (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83
  • Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (The Blaze of Noon), dies at 70