January 1981 calendar

January 1981

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

But much more happened on January 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1981?


  • 01 Jan 1981 International Year for the Disabled begins
  • 02 Jan 1981 Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, West Indies versus Pakistan.
  • 03 Jan 1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 metre butterfly (58.91s).
  • 04 Jan 1981 Frankenstein opens and closes on Broadway
  • 05 Jan 1981 Nightline with Ted Koppel extended from 20 minutes to 30 minutes
  • 06 Jan 1981 50th hat trick in New York Islanders' history - John Tonelli scores five goals.
  • 08 Jan 1981 Pirates of Penzance opens at Uris Theater in New York City, New York for 772 performances.
  • 09 Jan 1981 Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal.
  • 10 Jan 1981 John Severin sets 100-mile unicycle speed record, 9 hours 21 minutes.
  • 11 Jan 1981 Tintypes closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 12 Jan 1981 Dynasty with Joan Collins premieres on ABC-TV
  • 13 Jan 1981 Barbara Sonntag, Colorado, crochets record 147 stitches/minutes for 30 minutes.
  • 14 Jan 1981 FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
  • 15 Jan 1981 Hill Street Blues premieres on NBC-TV
  • 16 Jan 1981 John Lennon releases Woman in the UK
  • 17 Jan 1981 Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege
  • 18 Jan 1981 Wendy O Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity
  • 19 Jan 1981 US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages
  • 20 Jan 1981 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed
  • 21 Jan 1981 Bernhard Goetz is assault for 1st time on a New York subway train
  • 22 Jan 1981 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs. Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
  • 23 Jan 1981 First Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente, California).
  • 24 Jan 1981 Kim Hughes scores 213 versus India at Adelaide.
  • 25 Jan 1981 Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • 26 Jan 1981 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 versus Australia at Adelaide Oval.
  • 27 Jan 1981 The Indonesian passenger ship ''Tamponas 2'' catches fire and capsizes in the Java Sea, killing 580.
  • 28 Jan 1981 Olympic Glory oil tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills one million gallons of oil in a ship collision.
  • 30 Jan 1981 8th American Music Awards: Kenny Rogers wins.
  • 31 Jan 1981 The Tide Is High by Blondie hits #1
  • 02 Jan 1981 One of the largest investigations by a British police force ends when serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper", is arrested in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
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Music charts

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

  1. - (Just Like) Starting Overyoutube
  2. - The Tide Is Highyoutube
  3. - More Than I Can Say
  4. - Love On The Rocks
  5. - Guilty

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Imagine
  2. - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  3. - Antmusic
  4. - Stop The Cavalry
  5. - (Just Like) Starting Overyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1981?

American Dreams by Studs Terkel

American Dreams


The Pulitzer Prize winner's book is back in print. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Jesse Helms, Joan Crawford, Vine Deloria, Helen and Scott Nearing.

The Stories Of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury

The Stories Of Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury is a remarkable writer, with over 100 stories. These have earned him an enormous international readership and placed him among the best and most enduring writers.

Crisis Investing by Douglas R. Casey

Crisis Investing


Crisis Investing

Noble House by James Clavell

Noble House


Hong Kong, 1963. Although the action lasts only a week, it is full of high-adventure: from murder and kidnapping to financial double-dealing, and natural disasters like fire, flood, and landslide.

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.