On This Day

What Happened in October 1981

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya

Historic Event

Oct 1 US's largest private investment bank Salomon Brothers sold to commodities trader Phibro Corporation for $483 million

  • Oct 2 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • Oct 2 17 year old gelding Behavin Jerry, the oldest winning racehorse in modern times, sets record for most career starts by a thoroughbred, 307
  • Oct 3 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot
  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalists at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-month hunger strike

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 3 After a year's inactivity, American boxer Mike Weaver outpoints countryman James 'Quick' Tillis in 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his WBA heavyweight title

  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
  • Oct 5 Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 5 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)

Historic Event

Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 9 United States Auto Club appeals panel restores disputed Indianapolis 500 victory to disqualified first-across-the-line Bobby Unser
  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.

Historic Event

Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service held in Cairo

  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)

Music History

Oct 11 Then unknown musician Prince Rogers Nelson opens for The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum

  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 12 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances

Music Awards

Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins

  • Oct 13 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
  • Oct 15 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 16 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 16 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann
  • Oct 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant

Nobel Prize

Oct 19 Nicolaas Bloembergen and Arthur Schawlow win Nobel Prize for Physics (laser)

  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 20 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • Oct 20 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • Oct 22 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization decertified
  • Oct 22 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW v Queensland
  • Oct 22 US national debt tops $1 trillion
  • Oct 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 22 The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organisation faction led by Hareram Sharma and D.P. Singh begins.
  • Oct 22 The TGV railway service Paris-Lyon is inaugurated.
  • Oct 22 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame artificial sweetener for tabletop use following years of scrutiny
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion
  • Oct 23 "Concerto for Orchestra" by American composer Roger Sessions premieres with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Historic Event

Oct 24 Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

  • Oct 25 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women's race in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile

Sports History

Oct 25 George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

  • Oct 27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 27 The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.

Album Release

Oct 27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, and album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the US

  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 9-2 at Yankee Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 2; first co-MVP's: LA's Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Oct 31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Júlio Baptista, Brazilian soccer forward (47 caps; São Paulo, Sevilla), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Oct 1 Johnny Oduya, Swedish NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 2013, 15; Chicago Blackhawks), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 1 Deborah James, English journalist, author and charity campaigner (You, Me and the Big C), born in London, England
  • Oct 2 Luke Wilkshire, Australian soccer defender (80 caps; Dynamo Moscow, Bristol City), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • Oct 2 Toro [Alvan Guo Yi Jun], Taiwanese pop singer (Energy)
  • Oct 3 Beth Revis, American fantasy and science fiction author (Across the Universe trilogy), born in North Carolina
  • Oct 3 Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish soccer striker (118 caps; Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, PSG, Manchester Utd, LA Galaxy, AC MIlan), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Andreas Isaksson, Swedish soccer goalkeeper (133 caps; PSV, Kasımpaşa), born in Smygehamn, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
  • Oct 4 Justin Williams, Canadian NHL right wing (World C’ship gold 2004, 07; Stanley Cup 2006, 12, 14; Carolina Hurricanes, LA Kings), born in Cobourg, Ontario
  • Oct 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • Oct 4 Juka, Japanese singer
  • Oct 4 Ilhan Omar, Somali American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota 2018-) one of first Muslim women elected to US House, born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Oct 5 Kelvin Tan Wei Lian, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • Oct 6 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • Oct 6 José Luis Perlaza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 8 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo, daughter of Princess Christina of the Netherland, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 8 Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 8 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer ("Do You Know Why") and actress (The Baby Doll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Oct 9 Zachery Ty Bryan, American actor (Brad-Home Improvement), born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Oct 9 Darius Miles, American basketball player, born in Belleville, Illinois
  • Oct 9 Andrea Tarrodi, Swedish classical composer (Zephyros; Stellar Clouds), born in Stockholm
  • Oct 10 Michael Oliver, American actor (Problem Child), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 11 Beau Brady, Australian actor (Home and Away), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 12 Shola Ameobi, Nigerian footballer (Notts County), born in Zaria, Nigeria
  • Oct 12 Tom Guiry, American actor (The Sandlot), born in Tom's River, New Jersey
  • Oct 12 Brian Kerr, Scottish football manager, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 12 Sneha, Indian actress (Aanandham), born in Mumbai, India
  • Oct 13 Ryan Ashford, English footballer (Sholing), born in Honiton, Devon, England
  • Oct 13 Kele Okereke, Nigerian-English musician (Bloc Party), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 14 Boof Bonser, American baseball player
  • Oct 15 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver (3 Olympic Gold medals), born in Baoding, China
  • Oct 15 Radoslav Židek, Slovak snowboarder (Olympics silver 2006; first Slovak to win Winter Olympics medal), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • Oct 15 Keyshia Cole, African American R&B singer, born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 15 Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player (2008 Olympic Gold), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 16 Anthony Reyes, starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Oct 16 Martin Halle, Danish footballer
  • Oct 16 Caterina Scorsone, Canadian actress (Alice, The November Man), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 18 Richard Vuu, actor (Last Emperor)
  • Oct 19 Heikki Kovalainen, Finnish race car driver
  • Oct 20 Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Greek footballer, born in Gagarin, Soviet Union
  • Oct 20 Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Mexican footballer, born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • Oct 20 Willis McGahee, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 21 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • Oct 22 Michael Fishman, American actor (DJ in Roseanne), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 22 Olivier Pla, French auto racer (Le Mans Series LMP2 2009; FIA World Endurance C'ship LMP2 2013,14 runner-up; 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 2013 runner-up), born in Toulouse, France
  • Oct 23 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver, born in Heemstede, Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress (Murder), born in Moth, Hisar district, Haryana, India
  • Oct 24 Tila Tequila, American TV personality (A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila), born in Singapore
  • Oct 25 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer (Manchester City), born in Greenwich, England
  • Oct 25 Jerome "Romeo" Jones, American singer (Food for Thought), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Austin John Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 26 Guy Sebastian, Malaysian-born Australian singer ("Angels Brought Me Here"), born in Klang, Malaysia
  • Oct 26 Sam Brown, American comedian (The Whitest Kid U'Know), born in Sandwich, Massachusetts
  • Oct 27 Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress (No Mercy), born in South Korea
  • Oct 27 Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier, born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Oct 28 Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
  • Oct 28 Solomon Andargachew, Ethiopian footballer
  • Oct 29 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Oct 29 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Lions), born in Port Fairy, Australia
  • Oct 29 Reema Sen, Indian actress, born in Kolkata, India

Ivanka Trump

Oct 30 Ivanka Trump, American businesswoman and daughter of businessman Donald Trump, and his 1wst wife, Ivana, born in Manhattan, New York City

  • Oct 30 Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress (My Sassy Girl), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 30 Ian Snell, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Dover, Delaware
  • Oct 31 Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer (Give Me [Songs for Lovers]), born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Oct 31 Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Pencey Prep; founder of Skeleton Crew), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • Oct 31 Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E, born in Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 5 "The Hollywood Knights" actress Michelle Pfeiffer (23) weds American actor Peter Horton (28) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1988

Michael Crichton

Oct 22 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (39) weds broadcast journalist Suzanne Childs

David Lean

Oct 28 Film director David Lean (73) weds fifth wife Sandra Hotz


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48

AssassinationAnwar Sadat

Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther 'the male Greta Garbo', Swedish actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, American actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, American pianist, composer, and cowboy, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • Oct 29 William O. Walker, American publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • Oct 30 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), dies at 64