October 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Oct 2 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike
  • 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)

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Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak

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Oct 8 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.

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Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service held in Cairo

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 11 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)
  • Oct 13 Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • Oct 14 Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • 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 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 18 Andreas Papandreous' PASOK wins Greek elections
  • Oct 18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

  • 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 US national debt tops $1 trillion
  • Oct 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 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 23 US national debt hits $1 trillion

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

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

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

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Oct 27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 27 The Soviet submarine U 137 runs aground on the east coast of Sweden.
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • Oct 8 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia Guillermo, daughter of Princess Christina of the Netherland, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Oct 24 Tila Tequila, American model
  • Oct 27 Kristi Richards, Canadian freestyle skier
  • 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

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

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


Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, writer, dies at 85

Person of interestAnwar Sadat

Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86

Person of interestMoshe Dayan

Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85