Historical Events in June 1981

Film & TV History

Jun 2 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

Assassination Attempt

Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

  • Jun 4 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles

Sports History

Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

Album Release

Jun 5 George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England", his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago" (Featuring Paul and Ringo)

  • Jun 5 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown

  • Jun 6 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • Jun 7 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 11th and final career Grand Slam title; Open era record 6th French title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

  • Jun 7 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • Jun 8 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters win
  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1
  • Jun 10 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail

Sports History

Jun 10 Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence

  • Jun 10 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
  • Jun 11 Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 11 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake in Iran, kills at least 2,000

Film Premiere

Jun 12 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the first Indiana Jones film) directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford premieres

  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike
  • Jun 12 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • Jun 13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany

Historic Event

Jun 13 Teenager fires 6 blank rounds at Queen Elizabeth II

Film & TV History

Jun 13 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

LPGA Championship

Jun 14 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young sinks 15 foot birdie putt on 18th to beat Jerilyn Britz and Pat Meyers by 1 stroke

  • Jun 14 No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl
  • Jun 17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • Jun 18 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires
  • Jun 18 Vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease announced
  • Jun 19 Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
  • Jun 19 European Space Agency's Ariane carries 2 satellites into orbit
  • Jun 19 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Hawkwind and Ginger Baker headline; other performers include New Order, Taj Mahal, Aswad, Gordon Giltrap, Judie Tzuke, Gong, Matumbi, Robert Hunter, Supercharge, and Talisman
  • Jun 19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
  • Jun 19 India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched
  • Jun 20 Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • Jun 20 Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime
  • Jun 20 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection
  • Jun 21 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000
  • Jun 21 Bread riots in Casablanca, Morocco, kill 66 people (government figure vs opposition estimate of 637)
  • Jun 21 Socialists and communists win French parliamentary election
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers
  • Jun 22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
  • Jun 22 Iranian president Bani Sadr deposed

Sports History

Jun 22 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

Music History

Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing former Beatle John Lennon

  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy

Film Premiere

Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London

  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration as constitutional

Film Premiere

Jun 26 "Stripes", American military comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy premieres

#1 in the Charts

Jun 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

Assassination Attempt

Jun 27 Ali Khamenei narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, when a bomb concealed in a tape recorder, explodes on a desk in front of him

  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, aged 21, is crowned the 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack on Islamic Republican Party conference in Tehran, Iran, including Chief Justice Mohammad Beheshti
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed

Historic Event

Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Historic Event

Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy

  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained