October 1981 in History

Events in History

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

Event of Interest

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 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalists at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-month hunger strike
  • Oct 4 Meadowlands Arena opens in Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Oct 5 Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • Oct 5 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honorary American (posthumously)

Event of Interest

Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

  • Oct 9 Abolition of capital punishment in France.

Event of Interest

Oct 10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service held in Cairo

  • 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 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 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 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 US national debt hits $1 trillion

Event of Interest

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
  • 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 1 Deborah James, British teacher, journalist, author (You, Me and the Big C), and charity campaigner, born in London, England (d. 2022)
  • Oct 3 Beth Revis, American fantasy and science fiction author (Across the Universe trilogy), born in North Carolina
  • 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 4 Scott Hammond, American photographer
  • 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 (FIS World C'ship gold Moguls 2007, bronze 2011), born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Oct 29 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Lions), born in Port Fairy, Australia

Ivanka TrumpIvanka Trump (41 years old)

Oct 30 American businesswoman and daughter of businessman Donald Trump, and his 1wst wife, Ivana, born in Manhattan, New York City

  • 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

Michael Crichton

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

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat (1918-1981)

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

  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan (1915-1981)

Oct 16 Israeli military leader and politician (Minister of Defense 1967-74), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 20 Mary Coyle Chase, American playwright (Harvey 1945 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 75

Ariel DurantAriel Durant (1898-1981)

Oct 25 Russian-born American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83

  • Oct 29 William O. Walker, American publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85