What Happened on September 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show

Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Quick, Australian basketball player
  • Clinton Portis, American football player

Famous Deaths

  • Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32