On This Day

What Happened on September 1, 1981

Historical Events

  • Fast bowler Terry Alderman takes his 42nd wicket of the series on the last day of the 5th cricket Test vs England at The Oval; haul remains record by an Australian bowler in England; England wins series 3-1
  • Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Mike Brearley's last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England's 3-1 series win confirmed
  • 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

  • Clinton Portis, American football running back (Pro Bowl 2003, 08; Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Famous Deaths

Person of interestAlbert Speer

Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), dies of a stroke at 76

Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer
Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production
Albert Speer
  • Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
1981 Highlights

About September 1, 1981

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 40 years and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo