February 1981 calendar

February 1981

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1981?


  • 01 Feb 1981 11th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 21-7
  • 02 Feb 1981 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at age 88.
  • 03 Feb 1981 Gro Harlem Brundtland elected Premier of Norway
  • 05 Feb 1981 Piaf opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 165 performances
  • 06 Feb 1981 Brady Brides, debuts on NBC TV
  • 08 Feb 1981 Brigadoon closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 133 performances
  • 09 Feb 1981 Stardust fire: A fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, Ireland in the early hours kills 48 and injures 214.
  • 10 Feb 1981 8 killed and 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • 11 Feb 1981 Polish Premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • 12 Feb 1981 Cape Verde amends its constitution.
  • 13 Feb 1981 Longest sentence published by New York Times-1286 words
  • 14 Feb 1981 Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people
  • 15 Feb 1981 Rocket-powered ice sled attains 399 kph, Lake George, New York.
  • 17 Feb 1981 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
  • 20 Feb 1981 James Sanford equals 50 metre indoor world record (5.61 seconds).
  • 21 Feb 1981 Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured
  • 22 Feb 1981 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic.
  • 23 Feb 1981 People Magazine features drug ordeal of Mackenzie and Papa John Phillips
  • 24 Feb 1981 Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 25 Feb 1981 Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
  • 26 Feb 1981 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn and Bost
  • 27 Feb 1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record Ebony and Ivory
  • 28 Feb 1981 Calvin Murphy (Houston Rockets) sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws.
  • 01 Feb 1981 The Underarm bowling incident of 1981 occurred when Trevor Chappell bowls underarm on the final delivery of a game between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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Music charts

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

  1. - The Tide Is Highyoutube
  2. - Celebration
  3. - 9 To 5
  4. - I Love A Rainy Night
  5. - (Just Like) Starting Overyoutube

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Imagine
  2. - Shaddup You Face
  3. - Vienna
  4. - Antmusic
  5. - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1981?

Nothing Down by Robert G. Allen

Nothing Down


Robert Allen's Nothing Down For the '90s is a bestseller that has sold more than one million copies. It may have helped more people to succeed in real estate than any other book.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan



One of the most popular science books ever is RETURNING to Television as an All-New Miniseries on FOXCosmos. Sagan presents a blue-blue world that is jewel-like in clear-eyed prose.

Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

Rage of Angels


An unforgettable, captivating heroineJennifer -- brilliant and beautiful, she was an attorney who rose to the top until the Mafia's plans won her hatred.

Firestarter by Stephen King



Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic "terrifying...gripping" (Miami Herald) #1 New York Times bestseller--"his highest farenheit reading yet" (Time)!Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash, volunteering as test subjects for an …

Loon Lake by E.L. Doctorow

Loon Lake


Joe is the hero in this dazzling novel by American master E. L. Doctorow. He is a young man who runs away from the Great Depression.