On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1981

Historical Events

  • Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501
  • Peter Sutcliffe is convicted for the "Yorkshsire Ripper" murders of 13 women at the Old Bailey in London and sentenced to life sentences for each

Sports History

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, Welsh dancer and singer (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
1981 Highlights

About May 23, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 5 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini