Events in year of 1981

  • 01-01Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title
  • 01-01Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community
  • 01-01International Year for the Disabled begins
  • 01-01Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing
  • 01-01Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors
  • 01-02Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
  • 01-02Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI vs. Pakistan
  • 01-0355th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (60 75)
  • 01-03Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • 01-03Greg Chappell scores 204 vs. India at the SCG
  • 01-03Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)
  • 01-04"Frankenstein" opens and closes on Broadway
  • 01-04"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances
  • 01-0469th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63)
  • 01-04British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 01-05"Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • 01-05British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
  • 01-0650th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals
  • 01-08"Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
  • 01-08India all out 63 in one-day international vs. Australia
  • 01-08Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
  • 01-09Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal
  • 01-10El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive"
  • 01-10John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m
  • 01-11"Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 01-11British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest and fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • 01-11Palau adopts constitution
  • 01-12"Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 01-12Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC
  • 01-13Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches / min for 1 / 2 hour

People born in year of 1981

  • 01-18Kimberly Gloudemans: Miss California Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-18Latoya Farley: Miss Oklahoma Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-27Jonny Lang: Blues musician
  • 02-08Tommy Michaels: Staten Island, New York -- Actor (Timmy Hutton-All My Children)
  • 02-17Donielle Thompson: Wheatridge, Colorado -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics - 1996)
  • 02-17Lisa Skinner: Queensland, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-08Rebecca Wilson: Queensland, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-23Gabriella MAO Windsor: Daughter of English Prince Michael
  • 05-05Danielle Christine Fishel: Mesa, Arizona -- Actress (Topanga-Boy Meets World)
  • 05-15Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips: Daughter of Princess Anne
  • 05-16Jessica Ponzo: Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1996)
  • 05-21Beth Botsford: 100m / 200m backstroke (1996 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 05-24Shelby Lyons: Oswego, New York -- Pairs skater (with Wells - 1995 Midwest Champ)
  • 06-15Cristin Duren: Miss Florida Teen USA (Miss Photogenic-1997)
  • 06-22Lisa Moro: Victoria, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 06-30Allison Schroeder: Miss Wisconsin Teen USA (1997)
  • 07-06Nicole Kantek: NSW, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 07-11Mary Beth Arnold: Reno, Nevada -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95)
  • 07-15Alecia Ingram: Knoxville, Tennessee -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 07-19Naomi Grabow: lake Arrowhead, California -- Pairs skater (with Benjamin Oberman)
  • 07-29Jennie Thompson: Wichita Falls, Texas -- Gymnast (Jr National Champ 93, Olympics - 1996)
  • 08-20Lauri Illy: Virginia Beach, Virginia -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 09-02Katie Teft: Grand Rapids, Michigan -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 09-12Jered Guzman: Garden Grove, California -- Pairs skater (with Natalie Vlandis)
  • 09-28Vincent Kartheiser: Actor (Hairy Bird, Alaska, Untamed Heart)
  • 10-08Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia of the Netherlands
  • 10-18Richard Vuu: Actor (Last Emperor)
  • 10-29Amanda Beard: Newport Beach, California -- 100m / 200m breaststroke (1996 Olympics - 2 Silver Medals)
  • 11-13Kirsty-Leigh Brown: Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 11-15Natalie Lacuesta: Chicago, Illinois -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)

People died in year of 1981

  • 01-02David Lynch: Singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • 01-05Harold C Urey: US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • 01-07Jose Ardevol: Composer, dies at 69
  • 01-08Matthew Beard: Entertainer
  • 01-08Woody Chamblis: Actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 01-09Kazimierz Serocki: Composer, dies at 58
  • 01-10Richard Boone: Actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63
  • 01-12Isobel Elsom: Actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • 01-13Emiel van Hemeldonck: Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • 01-15Emanuel Celler: (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • 01-16Bernard Lee: Actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • 01-22Fannie Thomas: United States -- Dies at 113
  • 01-23Bobby Sherwood: Orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66
  • 01-23Samuel Barber: US Composer (School for Scandal), dies at 70
  • 01-25Adele Marie Astaire: Sister of Fred Astaire, dies at 82
  • 01-25Richard Talmadge: Actor (Speed Reporter)
  • 01-27Leo Collard: Belgian Minister of Education (1946 / 54-58), dies at 78
  • 01-29Cozy Cole: Rocker (Topsy Part II)
  • 02-01Ernst Pepping: Composer, dies at 79
  • 02-01Nils Geirr Tveitt: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-01Wanda Hendrix: Actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse)
  • 02-02Jan Donner: Dutch Chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • 02-02Louise Lorraine: Actress (Adventures of Tarzan)
  • 02-09Bill Haley: Vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 02-12Jean Dixon: Actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once)
  • 02-15Mike Bloomfield: Rocker (Electric Flag), dies of drug overdose at 36
  • 02-15Thomas Beversdorf: Composer, dies at 56
  • 02-19Frank Merrik: Composer, dies at 94
  • 02-26FC Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes]: Lawyer / writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
  • 02-26Howard Hanson: US Composer / conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Events in year of 1982

  • 01-0130 Something stars Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig meet, later they marry
  • 01-01Clemson wins the Orange Bowl for college football championship
  • 01-01MTA launches a 5 year plan to upgrade the NYC subway system
  • 01-01Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland
  • 01-01TA launches 5 year capital program to overhaul NYC subway system
  • 01-02"Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 01-0270th Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats S Denton (62 76 67 64)
  • 01-02Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
  • 01-02SD Chargers beat Miami Dolphins, 41-38 in 13:52 of OT
  • 01-04ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) and ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th and 6th ABC radio network
  • 01-04Chris Wallace becomes co-anchor of the Today Show
  • 01-04Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm
  • 01-05Arkansas judge rules against obligatory teaching of creation
  • 01-07"Fame" premieres on NBC TV
  • 01-08AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • 01-08Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee
  • 01-08Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
  • 01-095.9 earthquake in New England and Canada; 1st since 1855
  • 01-10Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)
  • 01-11Honduras adopts constitution
  • 01-13Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St. Bridge in Washington, DC, and falls into Potomac River, killing 78
  • 01-13Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame
  • 01-15"Forbidden Broadway" by / with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in New York City
  • 01-19Aust-WI one-day game that produced a Privy Council libel case
  • 01-19Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Okla, kills 6 kids and teacher
  • 01-207 miners killed in an explosion in Craynor, Kentucky
  • 01-20Honduras constitution goes into effect
  • 01-20Piet Dankert elected Chairman of European Parliament
  • 01-21New York Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
  • 01-2275% of North America is covered by snow

People born in year of 1982

  • 01-08Gaby Hoffman: Actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)
  • 01-22Kevin Sheridan: Actor (Soul Man)
  • 02-03Edna St Vincent Millay: Poet
  • 03-14Kate Maberly: Actress (Secret Garden)
  • 03-31Jessica Joseph: Royal Oak, Michigan -- Dance skater (with Butler - 1997 National)
  • 04-01Sam Huntington: Actor (Jungle 2 Jungle)
  • 04-15Mark Mizzark [Marlis Pugh]: Akron, Ohio -- Rapper (Another Bad Creation)
  • 05-11Jonathan Jackson: Orlando, Florida -- Actor (Lucky- General Hospital)
  • 06-09Amber Yoder: Miss Indiana Teen USA (1997)
  • 06-21William of Wales: Son of Prince Chuck and Lady Di
  • 07-23Schottzie Schott: Dog mascot of Cincinnati Reds
  • 08-28Le Ann Rimes: Country singer (Blue, Holiday in Your Heart)
  • 10-05Natalie Vlandis: Northridge, California -- Pairs skater (with Jered Guzman)

People died in year of 1982

  • 01-01Victor Buono: Actor (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • 01-01Vladimir K Zworykin: Russ / American engineer (cathode-ray tube)
  • 01-05Hans Conried: Actor (Bullwinkle Show, Make Room for Daddy), dies at 64
  • 01-05Harvey Lembeck: Actor (Phil Silvers, Hathaways), dies at 56
  • 01-07Bert Oosterhuis: Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • 01-08Gregoire Aslan: Actor (Concrete Jungle), dies at 73 of a heart attack
  • 01-08Reta Shaw: Actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 01-10Lazar Weiner: Composer, dies at 84
  • 01-10Paul Lynde: Comedian (Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies at 55
  • 01-13Marcel Camus: French director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • 01-15Red Smith: Sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • 01-18Burnet Corwin Tuthill: US Composer (Laurentia), dies at 93
  • 01-18Trent Lehman: Actor (Butch-Nanny & the Professor), dies at 20
  • 01-19Leopold Trepper: Polish / Israeli spy (WWII), dies at 77
  • 01-22Eduardo Frei Montalva: President of Chile (1964-70), dies at 71
  • 01-23Hope Hampton: Actress (Star Dust, Lawful Larcency), dies at 83
  • 01-25Mihail A Suslov: Soviet party ideologist, dies at 79
  • 01-27Iris Korn: Actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • 01-30Lightning Hopkins: Rocker, dies of cancer at 69
  • 01-30Riccardo Nielsen: Composer, dies at 73
  • 01-30Stanley Holloway: Comedian (My Fair Lady, Our Man Higgins), dies at 91
  • 02-02Stringfellow Barr: US educationalist (100 Great Books), dies at 85
  • 02-05Dolores Moran: Actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 56
  • 02-05Wies [Aloisius CA] Moens: Flemish writer / Nazi, dies at 84
  • 02-06Ben Nicholson: England, Painter / Sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • 02-08John Hay Whitney: US newspaper magnate, dies at 76
  • 02-11Eleanor Powell: Tap dancer / Wife of Glenn Ford, dies at 69 of cancer
  • 02-11Takashi Shimura: Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
  • 02-12Cornelis Rijnsdorp: Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
  • 02-12Victor Jory: Actor (Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1st Lady, Jigsaw), dies at 79