1981

The 80s is probably the era that brought about courage not experienced before. Freedoms were accessible to more people than ever, and it brought about unrivaled creativity. Despite the colorful creations in the fashion and entertainment industry, tragic events were happening in separate parts of the world.

1981

After addressing the construction and building workers union at the Hilton in Washington D. C. on 30, March 1981, reports across the radios and televisions were awash with the shooting of the USA president, Ronald Regan. The culprit, John Hinkley Jr., was only ten feet away from the president armed with .22 revolver with exploding bullets. He was not an excellent shot, and most of the bullets failed to explode as expected. The collateral damage includes the then press secretary James Brady, a police officer, and a secret service agent. The last bullet hit the presidential limo and ricocheted to hit the president in the chest. Hinkley walked free after doctors had found he was clinically insane.

Two months later, four gunshots rang through the air as Pope John Paul II’s procession made its way through St. Peter’s Square in Rome in the evening of May 13. One hit the pontiff in the abdomen, another hit the pope’s left hand; the third hit 60-year old Ann Odre from the USA in the chest, while the fourth struck Jamaican Rose Hill, 21 in the arm. The world waited as a team of surgeons took more than five hours to remove the bullets lodged in the pontiff’s abdomen and hand. The assailant was a 23-year-old Turk, Mehmet Ali Agca. Pope John Paul II visited Mehmet in prison and offered him forgiveness two years later.

Split in opinion on religious lines was the order of the day on June 6, when a train plunged into the Baghmati River. The engineer of the train braked too hard when a cow crossed the tracks and a rough estimate of 600 passengers in a train lost their lives. Torrential rains had made the tracks wet, and when the brakes were applied, the cars slid, and seven cars plunged into the murky waters of the Baghmati River. After a day’s search recovered 286 bodies with over 300 missing to this very day. The train had an estimated 1000 passengers onboard.

Despite the tragic events of 1981, it saw the worldwide invasion by Japanese electronics like the Walkman from Sony. A 12-year old also dissected the Rubik’s cube and wrote a book on how to solve the cube; it turned out to be a best seller.

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Movies

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Das Boot

Das Boot

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Country: United States of America

Pixote

Pixote

Directed by: Hector Babenco

Starring: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Chashme Buddoor

Chashme Buddoor

Directed by: Sai Paranjape

Starring: Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval, Saeed Jaffrey, Rakesh Bedi

Umrao Jaan

Umrao Jaan

Directed by: Muzaffar Ali

Starring: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar

My Dinner with Andre

My Dinner with Andre

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler

Country: United States of America

Books

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You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything

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Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you're a negotiator. Whether you're dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor,

The Cardinal Sins by Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins

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The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M.

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park

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“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces

Masquerade by Kit Williams

Masquerade

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Schocken Books. NY. Copyright-1979. This publication-1980. "First American edition". First printing (no later dates, number/letter lines). Blue boards with impression of author's initials (KW) on lower corner of front board.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

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RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOXCosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1981 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
  4. Jason
  5. David
  6. Joshua
  7. James
  8. John
  9. Robert
  10. Daniel
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Jessica
  3. Amanda
  4. Sarah
  5. Melissa
  6. Amy
  7. Nicole
  8. Stephanie
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Heather
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1981?


Events

  • 01 Jan International Year for the Disabled begins
  • 02 Jan Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, West Indies versus Pakistan.
  • 03 Jan Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 metre butterfly (58.91s).
  • 04 Jan Frankenstein opens and closes on Broadway
  • 05 Jan Nightline with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • 06 Jan 50th hat trick in New York Islanders' history - John Tonelli scores five goals.
  • 08 Jan Pirates of Penzance opens at Uris Theater in New York City, New York for 772 performances.
  • 09 Jan Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal.
  • 10 Jan John Severin sets 100-mile unicycle speed record, 9 hours 21 minutes.
  • 11 Jan Tintypes closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 12 Jan Dynasty with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 13 Jan Barbara Sonntag, Colorado, crochets record 147 stitches/minutes for 30 minutes.
  • 14 Jan FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
  • 15 Jan Hill Street Blues premieres on NBC-TV
  • 16 Jan John Lennon releases Woman in the UK
  • 17 Jan Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege
  • 18 Jan Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
  • 19 Jan US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 20 Jan 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 21 Jan Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a New York subway train
  • 22 Jan 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs. Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
  • 23 Jan First Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente, California).
  • 24 Jan Kim Hughes scores 213 versus India at Adelaide.
  • 25 Jan Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 26 Jan Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 versus Australia at Adelaide Oval.
  • 27 Jan The Indonesian passenger ship ''Tamponas 2'' catches fire and capsizes in the Java Sea, killing 580.
  • 28 Jan Olympic Glory oil tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills one million gallons of oil in a ship collision.
  • 30 Jan 8th American Music Awards: Kenny Rogers wins.
  • 31 Jan The Tide Is High by Blondie hits #1
  • 01 Feb 11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7
  • 02 Feb Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at age 88.
  • 03 Feb Gro Harlem Brundtland elected Premier of Norway
  • 05 Feb Piaf opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • 06 Feb Brady Brides, debuts on NBC TV
  • 08 Feb Brigadoon closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • 09 Feb Stardust fire: A fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, Ireland in the early hours kills 48 and injures 214.
  • 10 Feb 8 killed and 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • 11 Feb Polish Premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • 12 Feb Cape Verde amends its constitution.
  • 13 Feb Longest sentence published by New York Times-1286 words
  • 14 Feb Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 15 Feb Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York.
  • 17 Feb Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • 20 Feb James Sanford equals 50 metre indoor world record (5.61 seconds).
  • 21 Feb Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
  • 22 Feb Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic.
  • 23 Feb People Magazine features drug ordeal of Mackenzie and Papa John Phillips
  • 24 Feb Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 25 Feb Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
  • 26 Feb 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn and Bost
  • 27 Feb Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record Ebony and Ivory
  • 28 Feb Calvin Murphy (Houston Rockets) sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws.
  • 01 Mar Sophisticated Ladies opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 performances
  • 02 Mar Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington DC
  • 05 Mar Bring Back Birdie opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 06 Mar Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of CBS Evening News
  • 07 Mar Bring Back Birdie closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 08 Mar Dennis Lillee ct by Queensland 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • 09 Mar Max Delbrnck, German/US biologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at age 74 (born 1906).
  • 11 Mar Chile constitution takes effect; military dictator Augusto Pinochet is sworn in as President for another 8-year term.
  • 12 Mar Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 13 Mar Attempt on Pope John Paul II by Mehemet Ali Agca
  • 15 Mar Broadway Follies opens / closes at Nederlander Theater, New York City
  • 17 Mar FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team, forms.
  • 18 Mar Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in one period (they beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4).
  • 19 Mar 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • 20 Mar Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Doctor.
  • 22 Mar 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • 23 Mar US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions.
  • 24 Mar Nightline with Ted Koppel premieres on ABC
  • 25 Mar (to March 26) Bowers and Ruddy Galleries auctions part of the Garrett coin collection.
  • 26 Mar Police and Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.
  • 27 Mar John Lennon releases Watching the Wheels in the UK
  • 28 Mar Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 metre (40.18 seconds).
  • 29 Mar Woman of the Year opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • 30 Mar President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • 31 Mar 53rd Academy Awards - Ordinary People, R De Niro and Sissy Spacek win
  • 01 Apr CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)
  • 02 Apr Heavy battle between Christian militia and Syrian army in East Lebanon.
  • 03 Apr The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
  • 04 Apr Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • 05 Apr 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez.
  • 06 Apr Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo.
  • 07 Apr Belgium Eysken's government forms.
  • 08 Apr Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 09 Apr US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • 10 Apr Caveman with Ringo premieres
  • 11 Apr Race riot in London area of Brixton
  • 12 Apr Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender / WRAL Golf Classic
  • 13 Apr Washington Post's Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize for "Jimmy's World" (later admits story was a hoax and returns prize).
  • 14 Apr First Space Shuttle - Columbia 1 - returns to Earth.
  • 15 Apr Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award-winning 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie; Washington Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story.
  • 16 Apr Copperfield opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 18 Apr Pawtucket and Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • 19 Apr Oakland Athletics runs record to 11-0
  • 20 Apr Final performance of TV show Soap airs
  • 21 Apr US furnishes US$1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • 22 Apr 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike.
  • 24 Apr IBM-PC computer introduced
  • 25 Apr Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell (28)
  • 26 Apr Copperfield closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 27 Apr Xerox introduces the Xerox 8010 Star Information System. It features graphics display, word processor, mouse, laser printer, Ethernet, and software for combining text and graphics Priced at about $16,000, the computer is not a commercial success. During its lifetime, 100,000 units are produced.
  • 29 Apr Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women).
  • 30 Apr Can-Can opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 01 May Billie Jean King admits to a lesbian affair with Marilyn Barnett
  • 02 May Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • 03 May Can-Can closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 04 May Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
  • 05 May Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and elected member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, dies aged 27 while on hunger strike in HM Prison Maze.
  • 06 May Inacent Black opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 08 May Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, one short of record.
  • 09 May Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx Historian
  • 10 May Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 12 May Lena Horne: Lady, Music opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • 13 May Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II.
  • 14 May 35th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2.
  • 15 May George Harrison releases All Those Years Ago in the UK
  • 16 May Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks
  • 17 May Inacent Black closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 20 May Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam.
  • 21 May Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat the Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 22 May Soyuz 40 returns to Earth.
  • 23 May Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage.
  • 24 May Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 25 May Al Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified
  • 26 May Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14.
  • 27 May John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
  • 29 May US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 30 May Nightline extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday)
  • 31 May Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship.
  • 01 Jun Production of Chevrolet Corvette cars begins at a new plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. The first Corvette is a two-tone Beige over Dark Brown 1981 model.
  • 02 Jun Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
  • 03 Jun Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt
  • 04 Jun 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • 05 Jun Center of Disease Control reports of a pneumonia affecting gays (AIDS)
  • 06 Jun 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • 07 Jun 35th Tony Awards: Amadeus and 42nd Street win
  • 08 Jun 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters
  • 10 Jun Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Company
  • 11 Jun Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • 12 Jun Raiders Of The Lost Ark starring Harrison Ford premieres
  • 13 Jun 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany
  • 14 Jun 27th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young
  • 17 Jun Battle between Moslems and Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • 18 Jun Vaccine to prevent hoof and mouth disease announced
  • 19 Jun Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified.
  • 20 Jun Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats
  • 21 Jun 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion Golf Club - Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • 22 Jun Iran President Bani Sadr deposed
  • 23 Jun This Was Burlesque opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • 24 Jun The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years.
  • 25 Jun Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • 26 Jun For Your Eyes Only premieres in US
  • 27 Jun Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot
  • 28 Jun Piaf closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • 29 Jun Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Teheran, 72 killed
  • 01 Jul NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen
  • 02 Jul The Wonderland Gang is brutally murdered in a massacre involving Eddie Nash.
  • 03 Jul 88th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (62 62)
  • 05 Jul 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • 07 Jul 1st solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, crosses English Channel
  • 08 Jul Prime Minister Maurois nationalizes banks / plane / steel industry in France
  • 09 Jul Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • 10 Jul CERN achieves first proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV).
  • 11 Jul Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • 12 Jul Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • 14 Jul US Senate confirms Donna Pope as US Mint director.
  • 16 Jul India performs nuclear Test
  • 17 Jul This is Burlesque closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • 18 Jul Poland communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • 19 Jul 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St. George
  • 20 Jul England set for innings loss vs. Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • 21 Jul Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • 22 Jul Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome court to life in prison.
  • 24 Jul Mohammed Ali Rajai elected President of Iran
  • 25 Jul Voyager 2 encounters Saturn.
  • 26 Jul New York Mayor Ed Koch is given Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • 27 Jul 6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida and is found murdered two weeks later.
  • 29 Jul Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • 30 Jul Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • 31 Jul 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • 01 Aug MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • 02 Aug Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • 03 Aug 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike
  • 04 Aug Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
  • 05 Aug Federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers
  • 06 Aug Crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 07 Aug The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • 09 Aug 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • 10 Aug Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
  • 12 Aug IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
  • 13 Aug Last broadcast of Waltons on CBS-TV
  • 14 Aug Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off New York Met Mike Scott
  • 15 Aug Botham scores a century in 86 balls vs. Australia at Old Trafford
  • 16 Aug Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 18 Aug My Fair Lady opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 19 Aug 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • 24 Aug American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 25 Aug Jeff Schwartz sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09).
  • 26 Aug Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • 27 Aug Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard Andrea Doria
  • 28 Aug Sebastian Coe of the UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • 29 Aug 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • 30 Aug Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • 31 Aug Royals manager Jim Frey is fired and replaced by Dick Howser
  • 01 Sep Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • 03 Sep Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • 04 Sep Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Mariners-8, Red Sox-7
  • 06 Sep Bob Lemon becomes the New York Yankees' manager for the second time.
  • 07 Sep Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 09 Sep Vernon E Jordan resigns as President of National Urban League
  • 10 Sep Guernica of Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • 11 Sep 2nd government of Agt forms
  • 12 Sep 95th US Womens Tennis: Tracy Austin beats M Navratilova (16 76 76)
  • 13 Sep 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St. Blue, Judd Hirsh and Isabel Sanford wins
  • 14 Sep Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • 15 Sep Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical Laborem exercens against capitalism / marxism
  • 16 Sep 1st broadcast of Miami Vice on NBC-TV
  • 17 Sep Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • 18 Sep Assemblee Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • 19 Sep Satellites China 10 and 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket.
  • 20 Sep Belize declares independence
  • 21 Sep Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from the UK
  • 24 Sep Enterprise Radio (all sports) resigns air
  • 25 Sep Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • 26 Sep First flight of the Boeing 767 airliner.
  • 27 Sep Day in Hollywood, A Night.., closes at John Golden New York after 588 performances
  • 28 Sep Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two black joggers in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 29 Sep US Senate confirms Elizabeth Jones as US Mint chief engraver.
  • 30 Sep Seoul, South Korea is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • 01 Oct Iranian plane crash
  • 03 Oct Brewers (since 1970) and Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason
  • 04 Oct Donna Caponi Young / Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ
  • 05 Oct Dutch guilder / Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5%
  • 07 Oct Hosni Mubarak became acting President of Egypt
  • 08 Oct 1st broadcast of Cagney & Lacey on ABC-TV
  • 09 Oct Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • 11 Oct Expos beat Phillies, 3 games to 2, in NLCS
  • 12 Oct Marlowe opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 13 Oct Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected President of Egypt
  • 14 Oct Yank Graig Nettles is 1st to get 2 hits in same inning of an ALSC game
  • 15 Oct New York Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland Athletics
  • 16 Oct 2nd Dutch government of Van Agt resigns
  • 18 Oct Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • 19 Oct LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • 20 Oct 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey Nets lose to New York Knicks 103-99
  • 22 Oct Start of 1st-class game at Newcastle, NSW vs. Queensland
  • 23 Oct US national debt hits $1 trillion
  • 25 Oct 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • 27 Oct Andrew Young, former United Nations Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 28 Oct Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
  • 29 Oct Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • 31 Oct 1st live radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)
  • 01 Nov 1st Class Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents
  • 03 Nov Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 04 Nov Columbia shuttle launch scrubbed with 31 seconds remaining
  • 06 Nov Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award
  • 08 Nov Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election
  • 10 Nov Oh, Brother! opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 11 Nov Oh, Brother! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 12 Nov Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World
  • 13 Nov Ringo releases Wrack My Brains
  • 14 Nov Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired andworking again
  • 15 Nov Camelot opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 16 Nov Merrily We Roll Along opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 17 Nov 1st opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 37 performances
  • 18 Nov Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • 20 Nov Burundia adopts its constitution
  • 21 Nov 400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles
  • 22 Nov Marlowe closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 24 Nov 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • 25 Nov Failed coup by South African mercenaries in Seychelles
  • 28 Nov Merrily We Roll Along closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 29 Nov My Fair Lady closes at Uris Theater NYC after 119 performances
  • 30 Nov New York Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award
  • 01 Dec 180 dies as Yugoslav DC-9 jetliner slams into a mountain
  • 02 Dec Spanish government requests membership in NATO.
  • 03 Dec Beth Daniel / Tom Kite wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 04 Dec Falcon Crest premieres on CBS-TV
  • 05 Dec 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern California (RB).
  • 06 Dec Rob de Castella of Australia sets marathon record at 2:08:18.
  • 07 Dec Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • 08 Dec The No. 21 Mine explosion in Whitwell, Tennessee kills 13.
  • 09 Dec Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • 10 Dec During the Ministerial Session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Spain signs the Protocol of Accession to NATO.
  • 11 Dec Argentine President / General Roberto Viola flees
  • 12 Dec 1st closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 13 Dec Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists
  • 14 Dec Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel's Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
  • 15 Dec 4th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 17 Dec Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • 19 Dec Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • 20 Dec Dreamgirls opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • 21 Dec Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 overtimes (NCAA record).
  • 22 Dec Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president.
  • 24 Dec Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa and Lisa Evers marry
  • 28 Dec Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • 30 Dec In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
  • 31 Dec CNN Headline News debuts.