Historical Events in October 1981

  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London

Historic Event

Oct 1 US's largest private investment bank Salomon Brothers sold to commodities trader Phibro Corporation for $483 million

  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Oct 2 17 year old gelding Behavin Jerry, the oldest winning racehorse in modern times, sets record for most career starts by a thoroughbred, 307
  • Oct 2 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 3 After a year's inactivity, American boxer Mike Weaver outpoints countryman James 'Quick' Tillis in 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his WBA heavyweight title

  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalists at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-month hunger strike
  • Oct 3 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot
  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in New Jersey
  • Oct 5 Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 5 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)

Historic Event

Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • Oct 9 United States Auto Club appeals panel restores disputed Indianapolis 500 victory to disqualified first-across-the-line Bobby Unser

Historic Event

Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service held in Cairo

  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)

Music History

Oct 11 Then unknown musician Prince Rogers Nelson opens for The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum

  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 12 "Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances

Music Awards

Oct 12 15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins

  • Oct 13 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14 Citing official misconduct in the investigation and trial, Amnesty International charges U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 15 Professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson leads what is thought to be the first audience wave in Oakland, California.
  • Oct 16 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • Oct 16 Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann
  • Oct 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2

Nobel Prize

Oct 19 Nicolaas Bloembergen and Arthur Schawlow win Nobel Prize for Physics (laser)

  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 20 3 members of Weather underground arrested for armored truck robbery
  • Oct 20 Bomb attack on Antwerp Belgium synagogue, 1 dead, 80 injured
  • Oct 22 Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization decertified
  • Oct 22 Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW v Queensland
  • Oct 22 The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organisation faction led by Hareram Sharma and D.P. Singh begins.
  • Oct 22 The TGV railway service Paris-Lyon is inaugurated.
  • Oct 22 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame artificial sweetener for tabletop use following years of scrutiny
  • Oct 22 US national debt tops $1 trillion
  • Oct 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 23 "Concerto for Orchestra" by American composer Roger Sessions premieres with Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Oct 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion

Historic Event

Oct 24 Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

  • Oct 25 200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile

Sports History

Oct 25 George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

  • Oct 25 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women's race in 2:25:29
  • Oct 27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Album Release

Oct 27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain", written and produced by George Harrison, and album "Stop and Smell the Roses" in the US

  • Oct 27 The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 9-2 at Yankee Stadium to clinch series, 4 games to 2; first co-MVP's: LA's Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia
  • Oct 31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)