On This Day

What Happened on September 12, 1981

Historical Events

Television DebutThe Smurfs TV Debut

"The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

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The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
The Smurfs title card from the 1981 TV series
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  • Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Dave Winfield
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Dave Winfield

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Tracy Austin
Tennis Player
Tracy Austin

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestJennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, American Academy and Grammy Award-winning actress (Dreamgirls; Respect) and singer ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actress and Singer Jennifer Hudson
Actress and Singer
Jennifer Hudson
  • Jered Guzman, American pairs skater (with partner Natalie Vlandis), born in Garden Grove, California

Famous Deaths

  • Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), dies at 84
1981 Highlights

About September 12, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 1 month and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo