30 Years of Adam: 1981

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

While Adam may have been in the DC area for his first birthday -- May 17, 1981 -- President Ronald Reagan was not. He was giving the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, marking the first time he'd traveled outside the nation's capital since the failed assassination attempt six weeks earlier (no truth to the rumor that he just gave the "win one for the Gipper" speech and walked off to the Notre Dame fight song). Also, Pope John Paul II left his bed for the first time since he'd been wounded in an assassination attempt, so all in all it was a good day for old guys who didn't get killed.

In sports, the Islanders took a 3-0 series lead over the North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final. It was the second consecutive year New York had won a Cup Final game on May 17, and they'd clinch their second consecutive Cup a few days later.

The Mets suffered a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers on May 17, 1981, despite out-hitting L.A. 12-9. They finished the day 8-22, 12 games back of the NL East-leading Cardinals, and just 3 games up on the Cubs for the worst record in baseball. So, pretty much like this year, only worse somehow.