On This Day

1981 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 423

  • Sep 18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19 Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • Sep 21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court

1st Woman Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
1st Woman Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as the 1st female US Supreme Court Justice
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 27 Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • Sep 28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • Sep 30 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • Sep 30 French parliament votes to abolish the death penalty, led by Minister of Justice Robert Badinter
  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Investment Banker John Gutfreund
Investment Banker
John Gutfreund

  • 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 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 interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

Event of interestEvent 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 27 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in US, written and produced by George Harrison
  • Oct 28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia
  • Nov 1 1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • Nov 1 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • Nov 4 Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 4 Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 secs remaining
  • Nov 4 Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley
  • Nov 5 Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 5 Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy and possession of cocaine
  • Nov 7 France performs nuclear test
  • Nov 8 Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • Nov 10 Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 12 1st balloon crossing of Pacific is completed (Double Eagle V)
  • Nov 12 2nd shuttle mission-1st time spacecraft launched twice (Columbia 2)
  • Nov 12 Bill C Davis' "Mass Appeal" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 12 Great Britain performs nuclear test

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 13 Ringo Starr releases single "Wrack My Brain" in UK, written and produced by George Harrison

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Nov 14 2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth
  • Nov 14 Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired and working again
  • Nov 14 Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18
  • Nov 14 Paul 'Bear' Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 President Reagan decides on a covert plan to block the Cuban aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 19 U.S. Steel agrees to pay $6.3 billion for Marathon Oil
  • Nov 20 Burundi adopts its constitution
  • Nov 20 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
  • Nov 20 Ringo Starr releases "Stop & Smell Roses" album
  • Nov 21 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
  • Nov 22 Browns' QB Brian Sipe sets club record by being intercepted 6 times
  • Nov 22 SD Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)
  • Nov 22 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 23 President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982
  • Nov 24 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • Nov 25 Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Nov 25 Pope John Paul II names Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 28 New Zealand general election won by ruling National party and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • Nov 29 Major Iranian offensive mounted on central front
  • Nov 30 Porn star John Holmes arrested on fugitive charges
  • Nov 30 South Africa anti-apartheid advocate Bulelani Ngcuka arrested
  • Nov 30 Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings ended inconclusively on December 17)
  • Dec 1 Yugoslavian charter flight crashes into Mont San-Pietro in Corsica, 180 killed
  • Dec 2 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM
  • Dec 2 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 4 Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence
  • Dec 4 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence. Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa.
  • Dec 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 7 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • Dec 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 9 Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • Dec 10 -13] El Salvador army kills 900
  • Dec 10 Jules Feiffer's "Grownups" premieres in NYC

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Weddings in History


Deaths in History