August 1981 calendar

August 1981

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1981?


  • 01 Aug 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • 02 Aug 1981 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • 03 Aug 1981 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike
  • 04 Aug 1981 Columbia mated with SRBs and external tank for STS-2 mission
  • 05 Aug 1981 Federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers
  • 06 Aug 1981 Crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
  • 07 Aug 1981 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • 09 Aug 1981 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
  • 10 Aug 1981 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
  • 12 Aug 1981 IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
  • 13 Aug 1981 Last broadcast of Waltons on CBS-TV
  • 14 Aug 1981 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off New York Met Mike Scott
  • 15 Aug 1981 Botham scores a century in 86 balls vs. Australia at Old Trafford
  • 16 Aug 1981 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • 18 Aug 1981 My Fair Lady opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances
  • 19 Aug 1981 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • 24 Aug 1981 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel
  • 25 Aug 1981 Jeff Schwartz sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09).
  • 26 Aug 1981 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • 27 Aug 1981 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard Andrea Doria
  • 28 Aug 1981 Sebastian Coe of the UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33
  • 29 Aug 1981 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • 30 Aug 1981 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • 31 Aug 1981 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired and replaced by Dick Howser
  • 12 Aug 1981 The IBM Personal Computer is released.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Jessie's Girlyoutube
  2. - Endless Love
  3. - The One That You Loveyoutube
  4. - Theme From The Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)
  5. - Slow Hand

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Ghost Town
  2. - Green Door
  3. - Stars On 45 (Volume 2)
  4. - Hooked On Classics
  5. - Can Can


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1981?

The Cinderella Complex by Colette Dowling

The Cinderella Complex


This article discusses the psychological need of many women for someone to take care of them and for women to learn how to get out of this dependency.

Luciano'S Luck by Jack Higgins

Luciano'S Luck


An American Mafioso, in the darkest days and hours of World War II is the only hope for the Allies to win.

Wealth And Poverty by George Gilder

Wealth And Poverty


The New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty, by George F. Gilder, is hailed "the guide to capitalism" and is one of the most recognizable economic books ever written.

Goodbye, Janette by Harold Robbins

Goodbye, Janette


In the male-dominated worlds of high fashion amid the destruction of war, a dynasty is built of women. A daughter pays tribute to her mother by becoming a fierce businesswoman who will not be beaten.

The Alpha Strategy by John A. Pugsley

The Alpha Strategy


The Alpha Strategy is a common-sense, refreshing idea that can permanently and completely insulate your assets against all investment risks including inflation, market manipulation, and taxation.