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1981Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

1981Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

1981Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

1981Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

1981George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK

1981Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

1981Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

1981Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

1981Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

198136th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

1981Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"

1981George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine"

1981Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season

1981Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

19818th American Music Award: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win

1981Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains"

1981Vice President Hosni Mubarak elected president of Egypt

1981John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to kill President Reagan

1981John McEnroe exhibits a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbledon

1981Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

1981Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf

1981Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1981President Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald R Ford & Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral

1981"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" starring Harrison Ford premieres

1981Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President

1981Beth Daniel/Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

198188th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)

1981"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

1981Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

1981Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

1981Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

198123rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins

1981Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

1981"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks

198127th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

1981Pat Bradley wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

1981Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II

1981Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

1981Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting Guernica goes on display in Madrid Spain to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth

1981William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987)

1981Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

1981Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits

1981Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf

1981Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals

1981Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/marxism

1981Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

1981George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator

1981Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1981Nicolaas Bloembergen & Arthur Schawlow win Nobel for physics (laser)

198156th Australian Women Tennis: Navratilova beats Chris Evert (67 64 75)

1981Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

1981Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

1981Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1981Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

1981Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence

1981Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

1981Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on TS Eliot) premieres in London

1981101st US Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 6-2 6-4 6-3)

198110th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez

1981Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

198195th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

1981Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

1981Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

1981Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

1981NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

1981CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic

1981Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC

1981Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic

1981Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him

1981Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection

1981Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon

1981Pres Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley III

198163rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

198145th Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

1981Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament

1981Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth

1981Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death

1981George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England"

198151st French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats I. Lendl (61 46 62 36 61)

198151st French Womens Tennis: Hana Mandlikova beats Sylvia Hanika (62 64)

1981Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

1981Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic

1981Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

19817th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1981 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
Georgia beats Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl for college football title 
Jan 1
Greece is 10th country to join European Economic Community 
Jan 1
International Year for the Disabled begins 
Jan 1
Palau (Trust Territory of Pacific Is) becomes self-governing 
Jan 1
Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors 
Jan 2
Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65) 
Jan 2
Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan 
Jan 3
55th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (60 75) 
Jan 3
Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr 
Jan 3
Greg Chappell scores 204 v India at the SCG 
Jan 3
Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91) 
Jan 4
"Frankenstein" opens & closes on Broadway 
Jan 4
"Peter Pan" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 578 performances 
Jan 4
69th Australian Mens Tennis: B Teacher beats Kim Warwick (75 76 63) 
Jan 4
British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper" 
Jan 4
"Red Right 88", trailing 14—12 with little time remaining the Browns chose to attempt an end zone pass play (Red Right 88) before trying for a game-winning field goal in the final minute, but the pass is intercepted by Raiders safety Mike Davis and Oakland wins 
Jan 5
"Nightline" with Ted Koppel extended from 20 mins to 30 mins 
Jan 5
British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women 
Jan 6
50th hat trick in Islander history-John Tonelli scored 5 goals 
Jan 8
"Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances 
Jan 8
India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia 
Jan 8
Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner) 
Jan 9
Francisco Balsamao elected pres of Portugal 
Jan 10
El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "general offensive" 
Jan 10
John Severin sets 100-mi unicycle speed record, 9 h 21 m 
Jan 11
"Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances 
Jan 11
Palau adopts constitution 
Jan 11
Brit team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles) 
Jan 12
"Dynasty" with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV 
Jan 12
-35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record) 
Jan 12
Dynasty, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, premieres on ABC 
Jan 13
Barbara Sonntag, Colo, crochets record 147 stitches/min for 1/2 hour 
Jan 13
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to May Swenson & Howard Nemerov 
Jan 13
Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals 
Jan 14
FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish 
Jan 15
"Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV 
Jan 15
Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
Jan 16
Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth 
Jan 16
John Lennon releases "Woman" in UK 
Jan 16
Protestant gunmen shoot & wound Bernadette Devlin McAliskey & husband 
Jan 16
Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg 
Jan 17
Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege 
Jan 18
Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets 
Jan 18
Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity 
Jan 19
Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide 
Jan 19
US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages 
Jan 20
52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed 
Jan 20
Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), ends term as 12th director of CIA 
Jan 20
Frank C Carlucci, ends term as deputy director of CIA 
Jan 20
Islander Glenn Resch's 25th & last shut-out opponent-Flames 5-0 
Jan 20
Ronald Reagan inaugurated as 40th US President 
Jan 21
"Shakespeare's Cabaret" opens at Bijou Theater NYC for 54 performances 
Jan 21
Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a NY subway train 
Jan 21
Norman Stronge and his son James (both former Ulster Unionist Members of Parliament) are assassinated by the Irish Republican Army at their home Tynan Abbey, which is then burnt down 
Jan 22
40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th 
Jan 22
O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints 
Jan 23
1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California) 
Jan 23
Jochem Bird elected mayor of West Berlin 
Jan 23
Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games 
Jan 23
Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana & Joe Rudi 
Jan 24
Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques 
Jan 24
Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide 
Jan 25
52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US 
Jan 25
Mao's widow Jiang Qing sentenced to death 
Jan 25
Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB 
Jan 26
Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval 
Jan 28
"5 O'Clock Girl" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 12 performances 
Jan 28
William J Casey becomes 13th director of CIA (until 1987) 
Jan 28
Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision 
Jan 29
AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million 
Jan 30
8th American Music Award: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win 
Jan 31
"The Tide Is High" by Blondie hits #1 
Jan 31
38th Golden Globes: Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter 
Jan 31
Gaetan Boucher skates world record 1000m (1:13.39) 
Feb 1
11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7 
Feb 1
31st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-120 at Cleveland 
Feb 1
Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies," premieres in NYC 
Feb 1
Dutch Antilles census is 231,932 
Feb 1
French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq 
Feb 1
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 21-7 
Feb 1
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek 
Feb 1
Trevor Chappell bowls underarm to Brian McKechnie, WSC Final MCG 
Feb 3
Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win World Series Cup 
Feb 3
Gro Harlem Brundtland elected premier of Norway 
Feb 5
"Piaf" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances 
Feb 5
Largest Jell-O made (9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavor) in Brisbane 
Feb 5
Milt jury in NC convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy 
Feb 6
"Brady Brides," debuts on NBC TV 
Feb 6
Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr & George Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon 
Feb 6
Suleiman Nyambui runs world record 5k indoor (13:20.4) 
Feb 8
"5 O'Clock Girl" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 12 perfs 
Feb 8
"Brigadoon" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances 
Feb 8
Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
Feb 8
US female Figure Skating championship won by Elaine Zayak 
Feb 8
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton 
Feb 10
33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at LA 
Feb 10
8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton 
Feb 10
Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249 
Feb 11
Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win 
Feb 11
Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski 
Feb 12
Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA 
Feb 12
Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent 
Feb 12
Cape Verde amends its constitution 
Feb 12
Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m 
Feb 13
Longest sentence published by NY Times-1286 words 
Feb 13
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky. 
Feb 14
Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people 
Feb 15
Joanne Carner wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic 
Feb 15
Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, NY 
Feb 17
Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history 
Feb 19
George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine" 
Feb 20
Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds 
Feb 20
James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec) 
Feb 21
"Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured 
Feb 21
Charles Rocket clearly says "fuck" on Saturday Night Live 
Feb 21
Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k) 
Feb 21
NASA launches Comstar D-4 
Feb 22
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic 
Feb 23
People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips 
Feb 23
Spanish coup under lt-col Antonio Tejero Molina fails 
Feb 24
Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer 
Feb 24
Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower 
Feb 24
An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city. 
Feb 25
23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins 
Feb 25
Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders 
Feb 25
Exec Board of Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 
Feb 25
L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain 
Feb 25
NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins) 
Feb 25
NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames 
Feb 25
Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue 
Feb 25
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 25
Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved 
Feb 26
3 Anglican missionaries detained in Iran since Aug 1980 are released 
Feb 26
84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost 
Feb 26
French Train Grande Vitesse averages 380 kph on trial run 
Feb 27
Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747 
Feb 27
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory" 
Feb 28
Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws 
Feb 28
China PR throws out Neth ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan 
Mar 1
"Sophisticated Ladies" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 perfs 
Mar 1
Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic 
Mar 1
Republican prisoners in the Maze began a second hunger strike; among the prisoners is Bobby Sands 
Mar 2
Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists 
Mar 2
Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Wash DC 
Mar 3
Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals 
Mar 3
NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie 
Mar 5
"Bring Back Birdie" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 perfs 
Mar 5
Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) 
Mar 5
Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva & I Lisovski (URS) 
Mar 5
Men's Figure Skating Champions in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA) 
Mar 5
US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer 
Mar 6
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Mar 6
Soyuz 39 returns to Earth 
Mar 6
Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News" 
Mar 6
Worlds Ladies Fig Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann 
Mar 7
"Bring Back Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 4 performances 
Mar 7
1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death 
Mar 8
"Shakespeare's Cabaret" closes at Bijou Theater NYC after 54 perfs 
Mar 8
Dennis Lillee ct by Qld 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game 
Mar 8
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic 
Mar 9
Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News 
Mar 9
7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
Mar 11
Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins 
Mar 11
Johnny Mize & Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame 
Mar 12
Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station 
Mar 12
Stephen Sondheim's musical "Marry Me a Little," premieres in NYC 
Mar 12
Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial, Richmond, VA 
Mar 13
NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 
Mar 15
"Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC 
Mar 15
Patty Hayes wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic 
Mar 15
Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker 
Mar 17
FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms 
Mar 18
Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto) 
Mar 19
-21] Emmy 8th Daytime Awards - Susan Lucci loses for 2nd time 
Mar 19
2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident 
Mar 19
Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4 
Mar 20
Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron sentenced to 8 years 
Mar 20
Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Dr 
Mar 22
1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents 
Mar 22
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Desert Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament 
Mar 22
Soyuz 39 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Mongolian) to Salyut 6 
Mar 22
Toshihiko Seko runs world record 25k (1:13:55.8)/30k (1:29:18.8) 
Mar 23
Supreme Court upholds law making statutory rape a crime only for men 
Mar 23
Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions 
Mar 24
"Nightline with Ted Koppel" premieres on ABC 
Mar 24
Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy 
Mar 24
Colombia drops diplomatic relations with Cuba 
Mar 26
Police & Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo Yugoslavia 
Mar 26
Soyuz T-4 lands 
Mar 27
John Lennon single "Watching the Wheels" released posthumously in UK 
Mar 28
Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 m 40.18 sec) 
Mar 28
France performs nuclear test 
Mar 28
Gabi Schonbrunn skates ladies world record 3 km (4:21.70) 
Mar 28
Viv Richards scores century in the 1st Test at his home Antigua 
Mar 28
Yevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (36.91 secs) 
Mar 29
"Woman of the Year" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances 
Mar 29
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open 
Mar 29
Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m 
Mar 29
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Mar 30
43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50 
Mar 30
Pres Reagan shot & wounded by John W Hinckley III 
Mar 31
1st Golden Raspberry Awards: Can't Stop the Music wins 
Mar 31
53rd Academy Awards - "Ordinary People", R De Niro & Sissy Spacek win 
Apr 1
CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax) 
Apr 1
Daylight saving time is introduced in the USSR. 
Apr 2
Belgium's 4th government of Martens resigns 
Apr 2
Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon 
Apr 3
Arnie Boldt of Saskatchewan jumped 6' 8.25," with 1 leg 
Apr 3
Race riots in London's Brixton area 
Apr 4
Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio) 
Apr 5
10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez 
Apr 5
Phila Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes 
Apr 6
Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo 
Apr 7
Belgium Eyskens government forms 
Apr 7
Willem Klein mentally extracts 13th root of a 100-digit # in 29 sec 
Apr 8
Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs 
Apr 9
Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands wins a by-election to be elected as a Member of Parliament at Westminster; the law is later changed to prevent prisoners standing in elections 
Apr 9
LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0 
Apr 9
US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru 
Apr 10
"Caveman" with Ringo premieres 
Apr 10
Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded 
Apr 10
France performs nuclear test 
Apr 10
Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament 
Apr 11
Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Apr 11
Race riot in London area of Brixton 
Apr 11
Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him 
Apr 12
45th Golf Masters Championship: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 12
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic 
Apr 12
Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation 
Apr 12
Maiden voyage Space Transit System-space shuttle Columbia launched 
Apr 13
Pulitzer prize awarded to Beth Henley for "Crimes of the Heart" 
Apr 13
Wash Post Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize (later admits story a hoax) 
Apr 14
1st Space Shuttle-Columbia 1-returns to Earth 
Apr 15
Janet Cooke says her Pulitzer award 8-year-old heroin addict story is a lie, Wash Post relinquishes Pulitzer Prize on fabricated story 
Apr 16
"Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances 
Apr 17
Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers 
Apr 17
Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot 
Apr 18
Pawtucket & Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game 
Apr 19
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf 
Apr 19
Oakland A's runs record to 11-0 
Apr 19
William Finn's musical "March of Falsettos" premieres in NYC 
Apr 19
Rochester Red Wings & Pawtucket Red Sox play to 2-2 tie in 32 innings, game suspended at 4:07 AM (Pawtucket later wins in 33rd) 
Apr 20
10th Boston Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe of NZ in 2:26:46 
Apr 20
85th Boston Marathon won by Toshihiko Seko of Japan in 2:09:26 
Apr 20
Final performance of TV show "Soap" airs 
Apr 20
Rocker Papa John Phillips arrested for drug possession 
Apr 21
US furnish $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia 
Apr 22
10,000 copper workers in Chile strike 
Apr 22
Almost 1 million West German metal workers in strike 
Apr 22
Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts 
Apr 22
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Apr 22
Largest US bank robbery (Tucson Ariz), more than $3.3 million stolen 
Apr 24
Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey 
Apr 24
IBM-PC computer introduced 
Apr 24
San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record 
Apr 24
US ends grain embargo against USSR 
Apr 25
Mariners mgr Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Seattle's grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot 
Apr 25
More than 100 workers are exposed to radiation during repairs of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Japan. 
Apr 26
"Copperfield" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances 
Apr 26
Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
Apr 27
1st female soccer official is hired by NASL 
Apr 27
Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse. 
Apr 28
Galician current Statute of Autonomy. 
Apr 29
Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women) 
Apr 29
Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters 
Apr 30
"Can-Can" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances 
Apr 30
16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones 
May 1
Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out 
May 1
Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges 
May 1
Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 
May 2
107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velasquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02 
May 2
Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes 
May 3
"Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances 
May 3
"Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens & closes at Morosco Theater NYC 
May 3
Sally Little wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International 
May 4
Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles 
May 4
Silvana Cruciata runs 15k female world record (49:44.0) 
May 4
Yankee Ron Davis strikes out 8 consecutive Angels, ran record of 13 strikeouts of last 14 faced, also saved Gene Nelsons 1st win, 4-2 
May 4
After 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Bobby Sands MP died in the Maze; 9 further hunger strikers die over the next 3 months 
May 5
16th & final Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 4-1, hold 8-7-1 edge 
May 6
"Inacent Black" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances 
May 6
Mariners manager Maury Wills is fired & replaced by Rene Lachemann 
May 6
US expels Libyan diplomats 
May 8
Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, 1 short of record 
May 9
Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian 
May 10
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
May 10
Francois Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for Presidency of France 
May 10
Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0 
May 11
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on TS Eliot) premieres in London 
May 12
"Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 perfs 
May 12
Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn 
May 13
Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II 
May 13
Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City 
May 14
35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2 
May 14
NASA launches space vehicle S-192 
May 15
"Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs 
May 15
2nd City TV's (SCTV) network premier (NBC) 
May 15
George Harrison releases "All Those Years Ago" in UK 
May 15
Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto 
May 15
SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television debut on NBC 
May 15
Soyuz 40 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Rumanian) to Salyut 6 
May 16
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks 
May 16
107th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6 
May 16
Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1 
May 17
"Inacent Black" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances 
May 17
Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff 
May 17
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
May 19
Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters 
May 19
5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh 
May 20
Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam 
May 21
Francois Mitterrand becomes president of France 
May 21
Kim Seelbrede, (Ohio), crowned 30th Miss USA 
May 21
Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1 
May 21
Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral 
May 22
Soyuz 40 returns to Earth 
May 23
Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage 
May 23
NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501 
May 24
Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500 
May 24
Hostage situation ends at Central Bank in Barcelona Spain 
May 24
Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic 
May 25
Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified 
May 25
Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron) 
May 25
Daniel Goodwin scales outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7 hours 
May 25
Rangers' Bill Stein sets AL record with 7 consecutive pinch hits 
May 26
Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14 
May 26
The Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resign following a scandal over membership of the pseudo-masonic lodge P2 (Propaganda Due). 
May 27
John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol 
May 27
Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no 
May 27
Liverpool wins 26th Europe Cup 1 at Paris 
May 27
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
May 29
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 30
"Nightline" extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week (Friday) 
May 30
Bangladesh Pres Ziaur Rahman is shot by group of rebel officers 
May 30
LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games) 
May 31
Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship 
Jun 2
Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be 
Jun 3
Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt 
Jun 4
54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus 
Jun 5
Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777) 
Jun 5
Aids Epidemic officially begins when US Centers of Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting 5 homosexual men 
Jun 5
George Harrison releases "Somewhere in England" 
Jun 5
TODAY/PC runs for 1st time 
Jun 6
113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29 
Jun 6
51st French Womens Tennis: Hana Mandlikova beats Sylvia Hanika (62 64) 
Jun 6
Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial 
Jun 6
A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river. The government places the official death toll at 268 plus another 300 missing; however, it is generally believed that the actual figure is closer to 1,000 killed. 
Jun 7
35th Tony Awards: Amadeus & 42nd Street win 
Jun 7
51st French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats I. Lendl (61 46 62 36 61) 
Jun 7
Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility 
Jun 7
Sandra Post wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Classic 
Jun 8
15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters 
Jun 8
Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1 
Jun 10
IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail 
Jun 10
Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits 
Jun 10
Sebastian Coe of England sets 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence 
Jun 10
Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co 
Jun 11
Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student 
Jun 11
Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike 
Jun 11
Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake at Iran, killing at least 2,000. 
Jun 12
"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" starring Harrison Ford premieres 
Jun 12
3rd baseball strike starts 
Jun 12
Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike 
Jun 12
Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 12
Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti pres election 
Jun 13
39 Unification church couples wed in Germany 
Jun 13
Teenager fires 6 blanks at Queen Elizabeth II 
Jun 13
Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow" 
Jun 14
27th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young 
Jun 14
No Nukes concert at Hollywood Bowl 
Jun 17
Battle between Moslems & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed 
Jun 18
Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss 
Jun 18
Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on US Supreme Court) 
Jun 18
Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge 
Jun 18
Vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease announced 
Jun 18
The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California. 
Jun 19
Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified 
Jun 19
European Space Agency's Ariane carries 2 satellites into orbit 
Jun 19
Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa 
Jun 19
India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched 
Jun 20
Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats 
Jun 20
Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime 
Jun 20
Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection 
Jun 21
12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000 
Jun 21
81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion GC in Ardmore Pa 
Jun 21
Don Fagan & Walter Becker quit Steely Dan 
Jun 21
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf 
Jun 21
Riots at Casablanca, kills 66-200 
Jun 21
Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election 
Jun 22
2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2 
Jun 22
Iran president Bani Sadr deposed 
Jun 22
John McEnroe exhibits a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbledon 
Jun 22
Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon 
Jun 23
"This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances 
Jun 23
33 inning game ends, Pawtucket 3, Rochester 2 
Jun 23
Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition 
Jun 23
French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists 
Jun 23
NYC mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy 
Jun 23
Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2 
Jun 25
Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional 
Jun 25
Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington. 
Jun 26
"For Your Eyes Only" premieres in US 
Jun 27
"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot 
Jun 27
Cambodia adopts its constitution 
Jun 27
Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America 
Jun 28
"Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances 
Jun 28
74 government officials die in attack in Iran 
Jun 28
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament 
Jun 29
Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Teheran, 72 killed 
Jun 29
Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as leader of China PR 
Jun 30
China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy 
Jun 30
Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained 
Jul 1
Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded) 
Jul 1
NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen 
Jul 1
Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London 
Jul 1
Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam 
Jul 1
Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3 
Jul 3
88th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2) 
Jul 3
NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token 
Jul 4
95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4) 
Jul 4
Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts v Hants at Bournemouth 
Jul 5
9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson 
Jul 5
Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections 
Jul 5
Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory 
Jul 5
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 7
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel 
Jul 7
Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified 
Jul 7
Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court 
Jul 8
France performs nuclear test 
Jul 8
PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France 
Jul 8
Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0) 
Jul 9
Jacksons begin a 36-city tour 
Jul 10
CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV) 
Jul 10
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Jul 11
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Jul 11
Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony 
Jul 11
Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18) 
Jul 12
Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic 
Jul 14
Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London 
Jul 16
India performs nuclear Test 
Jul 16
Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously 
Jul 17
"This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 perfs 
Jul 17
Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens 
Jul 17
Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut 
Jul 17
Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured 
Jul 17
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 17
Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta 
Jul 17
Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another 
Jul 18
Part of Hyatt Regency Hotel KC caves in (113 killed) 
Jul 18
Poland communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek 
Jul 19
110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George 
Jul 19
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic 
Jul 20
England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls 
Jul 20
Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe 
Jul 21
Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43 
Jul 22
Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome to life 
Jul 24
Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran 
Jul 25
Voyager 2 encounters Saturn 
Jul 25
Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa's Springboks by invading the pitch during the game. 
Jul 26
2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela 
Jul 26
36th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley 
Jul 26
NY Mayor Ed Koch is given Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant 
Jul 29
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated 
Jul 29
Iran ex-president Bani Sadr flees to Paris 
Jul 29
Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa's Consul, New Zealand. 
Jul 30
Belgian Senate accept laws against racism 
Jul 30
Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London 
Jul 31
42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends 
Jul 31
Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of Natl Bar Association 
Aug 1
MTV premieres at 12:01 AM 
Aug 1
Poland premier Jagielski resigns 
Aug 2
Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs 
Aug 2
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
Aug 3
13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated' 
Aug 3
France performs nuclear test in Pacific 
Aug 3
Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi. 
Aug 4
Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission 
Aug 4
Oliver North is assigned to White House duty 
Aug 5
US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers 
Aug 5
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Aug 6
Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed 
Aug 6
Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs 
Aug 6
NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed 
Aug 7
The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication. 
Aug 8
At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws 
Aug 9
52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve 
Aug 9
Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17) 
Aug 9
63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga 
Aug 9
All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos) 
Aug 9
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
Aug 9
NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium) 
Aug 10
Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business 
Aug 10
Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record 
Aug 10
Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes 
Aug 12
IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0) 
Aug 12
Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27) 
Aug 13
Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV 
Aug 13
Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96) 
Aug 14
George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront 
Aug 14
Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott 
Aug 15
Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford 
Aug 15
Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m 
Aug 16
Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0) 
Aug 16
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic 
Aug 16
Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93) 
Aug 18
"My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances 
Aug 18
Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons 
Aug 18
Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million 
Aug 19
2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22 
Aug 23
Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf 
Aug 24
American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel 
Aug 24
Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for Lennon's murder 
Aug 25
Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09) 
Aug 25
Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km) 
Aug 26
Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission 
Aug 26
Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan 
Aug 27
Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria 
Aug 27
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Aug 28
John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to kill President Reagan 
Aug 28
Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken) 
Aug 28
National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men 
Aug 29
28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9 
Aug 29
Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League)) 
Aug 30
Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic 
Aug 31
Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's 
Aug 31
Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser 
Sep 1
Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH) 
Sep 1
Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees 
Sep 1
RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show 
Sep 1
Northern Ireland's first religiously integrated secondary school opens 
Sep 2
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 3
Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game 
Sep 3
Longest game in Fenway Park, suspended in 19, Mariners-7, Red Sox-7 
Sep 4
Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Mariners-8, Red Sox-7 
Sep 4
Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC 
Sep 4
Seattle Mariners beat Boston Red Sox, 8-7, in 20 inn (started 9/3) 
Sep 4
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 6
"They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 perfs 
Sep 6
Bob Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time 
Sep 7
Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts 
Sep 7
Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000 
Sep 7
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic 
Sep 7
Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV 
Sep 7
West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series 
Sep 9
Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League 
Sep 10
"Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain 
Sep 11
2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands 
Sep 12
95th US Womens Tennis: Tracy Austin beats M Navratilova (16 76 76) 
Sep 12
Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982 
Sep 12
Emmy Creative Arts Award presentation 
Sep 12
Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles 
Sep 13
101st US Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 6-2 6-4 6-3) 
Sep 13
33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win 
Sep 13
April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13" 
Sep 13
Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay) 
Sep 13
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
Sep 13
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 14
Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV 
Sep 15
US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court 
Sep 15
Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/marxism 
Sep 15
The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, DC. 
Sep 15
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations. 
Sep 16
1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV 
Sep 17
Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season 
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
Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert 
Sep 20
24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England) 
Sep 20
Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal 
Sep 20
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic 
Sep 21
Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK 
Sep 21
Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice 
Sep 21
Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson
Sep 21
Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air 
Sep 22
Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to Supreme Court 
Sep 24
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 25
Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0 
Sep 25
Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Phila) 
Sep 25
Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice 
Sep 26
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 27
"Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 perf 
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
Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics 
Oct 1
Iranian plane crash 
Oct 1
J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London 
Oct 1
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 2
Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran 
Oct 3
Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason 
Oct 3
Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike 
Oct 3
Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 4
Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ 
Oct 4
Meadowlands Arena opens in NJ 
Oct 4
Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest intl gymnastics participant 
Oct 5
Dutch guilder/Deutsche mark revalued up 5.5% 
Oct 5
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honarary American 
Oct 7
Hosni Mubarak becomes acting-president of Egypt 
Oct 7
In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3 
Oct 8
1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" on ABC-TV 
Oct 8
USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser 
Oct 8
President Reagan greeted predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald R Ford & Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral 
Oct 9
Abolition of capital punishment in France. 
Oct 10
Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo 
Oct 11
Expos beat Phillies, 3 games to 2, in NLCS 
Oct 11
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic 
Oct 11
LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds) 
Oct 11
Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum 
Oct 11
Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series 
Oct 12
"Marlowe" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 48 performances 
Oct 12
15th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell & George Jones wins 
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 the U.S. government with holding Richard Marshall of the American Indian Movement as a political prisoner. 
Oct 15
NY Yankees capture 33rd AL pennant, sweeping 3 games from Oakland A's 
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
NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game 
Oct 18
Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader 
Oct 19
LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant 
Oct 19
Nicolaas Bloembergen & Arthur Schawlow win Nobel for physics (laser) 
Oct 20
1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99 
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 
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
11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29 
Oct 25
12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13 
Oct 25
200,000 demonstrate in Brussel against cruise missile 
Oct 25
Allison Roe (2:25:29) & Alberto Salazar (2:08:13) win NYC marathon 
Oct 25
George Steinbrenner scuffles with 2 fans in a hotel elevator 
Oct 26
LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series 
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 
Oct 28
NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games 
Oct 29
Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies 
Oct 31
1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC) 
Nov 1
1st Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents 
Nov 1
3rd meeting of Giants-Jets, Jets up 2-1 with 26-7 win 
Nov 1
Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day) 
Nov 1
Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament 
Nov 3
Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award 
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 trafficing, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine 
Nov 6
Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie to win a Cy Young Award 
Nov 6
Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Nov 7
France performs nuclear test 
Nov 8
Christian Democrats looses Belgium parliamentary election 
Nov 8
Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic 
Nov 10
"Oh, Brother!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 3 performances 
Nov 10
Ernest Thompson's "West Side Waltz" premieres in NYC 
Nov 11
"Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances 
Nov 11
Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award 
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
Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's) 
Nov 12
Great Britain performs nuclear test 
Nov 12
Pilin Leon of Venezuela, crowned 31st Miss World 
Nov 13
Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains" 
Nov 14
2nd Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 2-returns to Earth 
Nov 14
Old Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park repaired & working again 
Nov 14
Pakistan all out 62 v Australia at WACA, Lillee 5-18