On This Day

What Happened on September 15, 1981

Historical Events


BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

1st Woman Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
1st Woman Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.

Famous Birthdays

  • Mark Duggan, whose shooting death sparked widespread riots in England, born in London

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
1981 Highlights

About September 15, 1981

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo