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.

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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?
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The Aviator's Wife

The Aviator's Wife

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Éric Rohmer

Starring: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury, Mathieu Carrière

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Carlos Saura

Starring: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Juan Antonio Jiménez, Carmen Villena

Naram Garam

Naram Garam

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Starring: Amol Palekar, Swaroop Sampat, Utpal Dutt, A.K. Hangal

Barsaat Ki Ek Raat

Barsaat Ki Ek Raat

Release year: 1981

Directed by: Shakti Samanta

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Rakhee Gulzar, Amjad Khan, Utpal Dutt



Release year: 1981

Directed by: Peter Yates

Starring: William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer, James Woods


Which were the most popular books released in February 1981?
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Unfinished Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales


"The tone is heroic. Both the heroes and villains are greater than life-size." -- New York Times Book Review. Unfinished Tales from Numenor and Middle-earth focuses on the lands

The Sky'S The Limit by Wayne Dyer

The Sky'S The Limit


Are you ready for a new way of living? This book will teach you everything you need to realize your full potential.

The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

The Fifth Horseman


Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, holds New York City hostage in a thriller about terrorist threats. He threatens to set off a hidden nuclear weapon.

The Coming Currency Collapse by Jerome F. Smith

The Coming Currency Collapse


How to Avoid the Currency Collapse

A Field Guide To The Birds by Roger Tory Peterson

A Field Guide To The Birds


Roger Tory Peterson was already a pioneer with his field guide, which he created during World War II DDT research. Rachel Carson, his friend and fellow naturalist, built on these efforts to eventually write Silent Spring. This landmark text, along …