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1981 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 442

  • Jan 1 Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • Jan 1 International Year for the Disabled begins
  • Jan 1 Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • Jan 1 Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
  • Jan 2 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
  • Jan 2 Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan
  • Jan 3 Greg Chappell scores 204 v India at the SCG
  • Jan 3 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100m butterfly (58.91)
  • Jan 4 "Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway
  • Jan 4 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • Jan 4 "Red Right 88", trailing 14–12 Clevelands Browns attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) and a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but pass intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins
  • Jan 5 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
  • Jan 6 50th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals
  • Jan 8 India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
  • Jan 8 Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)

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Jan 8 Isabel Allende begins a letter to her dying grandfather that will become her first novel "The House of the Spirits"


  • Jan 9 Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal
  • Jan 10 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive"
  • Jan 10 John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m
  • Jan 11 Palau adopts constitution
  • Jan 11 British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • Jan 12 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • Jan 13 Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour
  • Jan 13 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov
  • Jan 14 US Federal Communications Commission frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish

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Jan 15 Pope John Paul II receives Lech Wałęsa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 16 Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband

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Jan 17 President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos ends martial law

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Jan 18 Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
  • Jan 18 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield become the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories (buildings, cliffs, bridges, antennae) after parachuting off a Houston skyscraper
  • Jan 19 US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • Jan 20 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Frank C. Carlucci, ends his term as deputy director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Islander Glenn Resch's 25th & last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0

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Jan 20 Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States of America

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

IranIran Hostage Crisis

Jan 20 The US diplomats and citizens held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran are released and begin their journey home after 444 days
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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran

  • Jan 21 Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for 1st time on a New York City subway train
  • Jan 21 Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down
  • Jan 22 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
  • Jan 23 1st Richard Nixon museum opens in San Clemente California
  • Jan 23 Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin
  • Jan 24 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide
  • Jan 25 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US

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Jan 25 Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • Jan 26 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval

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Jan 28 William J. Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • Jan 28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • Jan 31 Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39)
  • Feb 1 Dutch Antilles census is 231,932
  • Feb 1 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • Feb 3 Gro Harlem Brundtland is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Norway
  • Feb 5 Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane
  • Feb 5 Military jury in North Carolina convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy during the Vietnam War
  • Feb 6 Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4)
  • Feb 8 US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak
  • Feb 8 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • Feb 10 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • Feb 11 Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
  • Feb 11 Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • Feb 12 Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • Feb 12 Cape Verde amends its constitution
  • Feb 12 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m
  • Feb 13 Longest sentence published by "The New York Times" - 1286 words
  • Feb 13 A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Feb 14 Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • Feb 15 Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York
  • Feb 17 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • Feb 20 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
  • Feb 20 James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
  • Feb 21 "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
  • Feb 21 Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k)
  • Feb 21 NASA launches Comstar D-4
  • Feb 23 People magazine features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips

BattleCoup d'état

Feb 23 "Tejerazo" Spanish coup led by Civil Guard officer Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina fails after televised speech by King Juan Carlos I

King of Spain Juan Carlos I
King of Spain
Juan Carlos I

HeartEngagement of Interest

Feb 24 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Feb 24 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
  • Feb 24 An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
  • Feb 25 Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo elected premier of Spain
  • Feb 25 Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
  • Feb 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 26 3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released
  • Feb 26 French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run
  • Feb 27 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
  • Feb 28 People's Republic of China throws out the Netherlands ambassador due to Dutch sales of submarines to Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among them is Bobby Sands
  • Mar 2 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • Mar 2 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.

InventionScientific Discovery

Mar 2 Discovery of minor planet 5020 Asimov, named after sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov

Author, Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author, Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • Mar 5 Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS)
  • Mar 5 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 5 US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • Mar 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 6 Soyuz 39 returns to Earth
  • Mar 8 Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game

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Mar 11 Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet's second term begins

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • Mar 12 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Mar 12 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 15 "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
  • Mar 15 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • Mar 19 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident

Birthdays in History


Person of interestJared Kushner

Jan 10 Jared Kushner, American real estate developer and advisor to Donald Trump, born in Livingston, New Jersey

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
  • Jan 14 Abdelmalek Cherrad, Algerian football, born in La Tronche, France
  • Jan 23 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter, born in Vallejo, California
  • Feb 9 John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
  • Feb 20 Chris Thile, American mandolinist and radio host (Nickel Creek, "live From Here"), born in Oceanside, California
  • Feb 20 Adrián Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Feb 26 Johnathan Wendel, American professional video gamer, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Mar 27 Carey Davis, American National Football League fullback, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 1 Aimee Chan, Miss Hong Kong 2006
  • Apr 5 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, born in Long Beach, California
  • Apr 9 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • Apr 12 Tulsi Gabbard, American politician (Rep (D) Hawaii 2013-) 1st American-Samoan and Hindu member of Congress, born in Leloaloa, American Samoa
  • Apr 15 Seth Wulsin, American artist
  • Apr 23 Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, born in St. Mary's Hospital, London
  • Apr 23 Chris Sharma, American rock climber, born in Santa Cruz, California
  • May 6 Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer (Dancing With The Stars), born in Warsaw, Poland

Person of interestZara Phillips

May 15 Zara Phillips, English daughter of Princess Anne, born in London

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • May 19 Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • Jun 8 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • Jun 9 Anoushka Shankar, Famous sitarist and daughter of Ravi Shankar
  • Jun 10 Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • Jun 13 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
  • Jun 18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
  • Jun 18 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
  • Jun 30 Karolina Sadalska, Polish kayaker
  • Jul 1 Tadhg Kennelly, Irish-born Australian Rules footballer, (County Kerry 2009, Sydney Swans 2005 championships), born in Listowel, Ireland
  • Jul 2 Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist
  • Jul 20 Thorsten Engelmann, German rower
  • Aug 5 Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • Aug 5 Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • Aug 5 Cory Williams, American internet celebrity
  • Aug 6 Travis McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
  • Aug 23 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant, born in Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Aug 25 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)

Person of interestBrian Chesky

Aug 29 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • Sep 11 Dylan Klebold, American Columbine High School Massacre co-perpetrator, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • Sep 15 Mark Duggan, whose shooting death sparked widespread riots in England, born in London
  • Sep 20 Joanie Dodds, America's Next Top Model contestant
  • Sep 27 Sophie Crumb, American comics artist
  • Sep 29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player
  • Oct 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • Oct 4 Ilhan Omar, Somali American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota 2018-) one of first Muslim women elected to US House, born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Oct 8 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo, daughter of Princess Christina of the Netherland, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 27 Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier, born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Oct 29 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer

Person of interestIvanka Trump

Oct 30 Ivanka Trump, American businesswoman and daughter of Donald Trump, born in New York

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
  • Oct 31 Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer (Give Me [Songs for Lovers]), born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • Oct 31 Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E, born in Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 6 Cassie Bernall, American murder victim, born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado (d. 1999)
  • Nov 10 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, born in Scio, New York (d. 2004)
  • Nov 11 Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • Nov 13 Rivkah, American comic book writer and artist

Person of interestBarbara Pierce Bush

Nov 25 Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush, born in Dallas, Texas

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Nov 25 Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • Nov 26 Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • Nov 26 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
  • Nov 28 Sharon Needles [Aaron Coady], American drag queen, recording artist and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner), born in Newton, Iowa
  • Dec 11 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • Dec 15 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • Dec 16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • Dec 28 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby, born in Norfolk, Virginia

Weddings in History

  • Mar 10 14th Prince of Ligne Michel Charles Eugène Marie Lamoral (29) weds Princess of Ligne Eleanora (27) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Apr 25 Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)

LoveWedding of Interest

May 8 Author John Grisham (26) weds Renee Jones

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • May 16 Pretenders' Martin Chambers weds Tracy Atkinson

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • Jul 27 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 22 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (39) weds broadcast journalist Suzanne Childs

  • Nov 16 Luke marries Laura on TV soap "General Hospital" (16 million watch)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • Dec 24 Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa & Lisa Evers marry

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 131

  • Jan 3 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  • Jan 5 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
  • Jan 5 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • Jan 6 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • Jan 7 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 8 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 10 Fawn M. Brodie, American historian (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • Jan 14 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • Jan 15 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alongside son James
  • Jan 21 James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alongside his father Norman
  • Jan 22 Fannie Thomas, American who became the oldest known American at her death, dies at 113 years and 273 days
  • Jan 22 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), dies at 82
  • Jan 27 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78

Person of interestDonald Wills Douglas

Feb 1 Donald Wills Douglas, American aircraft industrialist (McConnell Douglas) and aviation pioneer (Douglas DC-3), dies at 88

Aviation Pioneer Donald Wills Douglas
Aviation Pioneer
Donald Wills Douglas
  • Feb 2 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • Feb 5 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • Feb 6 Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece, dies at 63
  • Feb 18 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft designer (Northrop Air), dies at 85
  • Feb 26 FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • Feb 26 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • Feb 26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Jacob H Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), dies at 60
  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, German alleged murderer and convicted sex offender, shot and killed in Lübeck District Court by Marianne Bachmeier the mother of the daughter he was accused of murdering
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Max Delbrück, German-American biologist and molecular geneticist (bacteriophage, Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 74
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), dies at 91
  • Apr 1 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • Apr 3 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Leo Kanner, Austrian-American psychiatrist and social activist known for his work related to autism, dies at 86
  • Apr 5 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80

Person of interestOmar Bradley

Apr 8 Omar Bradley, American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), dies of cardiac arrhythmia at 88

US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley
  • Apr 11 Marie Ney, dies at 85
  • Apr 13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
  • Apr 15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • Apr 15 John Thach, American WWII Naval aviator (developed the Thach Weave) and USN admiral, dies at 75
  • Apr 18 James H. Schmitz, American sci-fi author (Lion Game), dies at 69
  • Apr 22 Brailsford Reese Brazeal, dean (Morehouse College), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 26 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • Apr 30 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • May 1 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • May 5 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA activist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike at 26
  • May 9 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • May 11 Hoyt J Fuller, American editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • May 11 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist (Nobel 1969 - the study of the three-dimensional geometric structure of molecules), dies at 83
  • May 12 Benjamin Sheares, President of Singapore (1971-81), dies at 73
  • May 17 Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
  • May 18 William Saroyan, American novelist and stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • May 21 Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • May 21 Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • May 23 George Jessel, American toastmaster general and entertainer (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83
  • May 23 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (The Blaze of Noon), dies at 70
  • May 23 David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • May 25 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • May 28 Stefan Wyszyński, Polish Cardinal, dies at 79
  • May 30 Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
  • May 31 Giuseppe Pella, 31st Prime Minister of Italy, dies at 79
  • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, American politician (38th Dean of the United States House of Representatives, 1961-65), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), dies at 76
  • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • Jun 16 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
  • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
  • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • Jun 28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • Jun 29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered
  • Jul 1 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)
  • Jul 7 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, dies at 72
  • Jul 9 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • Jul 12 Ben Seijes, historian (WWII), dies at 73
  • Jul 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, American Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala, dies at 1981
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • Aug 3 Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48
  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82

Person of interestAlbert Speer

Sep 1 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
  • Sep 1 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)