April 1981 calendar

April 1981

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1981.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1981?


  • 01 Apr 1981 CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley
  • 02 Apr 1981 Heavy battle between Christian militia and Syrian army in East Lebanon.
  • 03 Apr 1981 The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
  • 04 Apr 1981 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor
  • 05 Apr 1981 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez.
  • 06 Apr 1981 Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo.
  • 07 Apr 1981 Belgium Eysken's government forms.
  • 08 Apr 1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 09 Apr 1981 US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
  • 10 Apr 1981 Caveman with Ringo premieres
  • 11 Apr 1981 Race riot in London area of Brixton
  • 12 Apr 1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender / WRAL Golf Classic
  • 13 Apr 1981 Washington Post's Janet Cooke wins Pulitzer Prize for "Jimmy's World" (later admits story was a hoax and returns prize).
  • 14 Apr 1981 First Space Shuttle - Columbia 1 - returns to Earth.
  • 15 Apr 1981 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 1981 Copperfield opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • 18 Apr 1981 Pawtucket and Rochester start a 33-inning baseball game
  • 19 Apr 1981 Oakland Athletics runs record to 11-0
  • 20 Apr 1981 Final performance of TV show Soap airs
  • 21 Apr 1981 US furnishes US$1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • 22 Apr 1981 10,000 copper workers in Chile strike.
  • 24 Apr 1981 IBM-PC computer introduced
  • 25 Apr 1981 Maureen Reagan (40) marries 3rd husband, Dennis Revell
  • 26 Apr 1981 Copperfield closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • 27 Apr 1981 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 1981 Peter Sutcliffe admits he is the Yorkshire Ripper (murdered 13 women).
  • 30 Apr 1981 Can-Can opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 09 Apr 1981 The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine USS  accidentally collides with the , a Japanese cargo ship, sinking it and killing two Japanese sailors.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1981?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Raptureyoutube
  2. - Kiss On My List
  3. - Morning Train (Nine To Five)
  4. - Woman
  5. - Just The Two Of Us

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Jealous Guy
  2. - Making Your Mind Up
  3. - This Ole House
  4. - Kids In America
  5. - Lately


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1981?

Craig Claiborne'S Gourmet Diet by Craig Claiborne with Pierre Franey

Craig Claiborne'S Gourmet Diet


low-sodium recipes Modified-fat recipes Modified-cholesterol Recipes Low-fat Cookbook

The Delta Decision by Wilbur Smith

The Delta Decision


The Delta Decision

The Company Of Women by Mary Gordon

The Company Of Women


"A brilliant, breathtakingly written novel." The Philadelphia Inquirer Felicitas Maria Taylor, intelligent, charming and desperate, was raised by five religious women and a controversial priest.

You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen

You Can Negotiate Anything


Herb Cohen believes that the world is a huge negotiating table. And, whether you like it or not: You are a negotiator. You can deal with your spouse, boss or bank manager, your children, solicitor or department store manager.

Nice Girls Do by Irene Kassorla

Nice Girls Do


You can be like Nice Girls and now you can too