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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

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1981?


Events

  • 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

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Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Country: United States of America

Modern Times

Modern Times

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Country: United States of America

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Country: United States of America

The Kid

The Kid

Directed by: Charles Chaplin

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Carl Miller

Country: United States of America

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in January 1981?
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Nice Girls Do by Irene Kassorla

Nice Girls Do

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Nice Girls Do and Now You Can Too

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park

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“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces

A Man by Oriana Fallaci

A Man

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Saved from execution through the intervention of world leaders, Allesandro Panagoulis, an implacable Greek freedom fighter, endures years of imprisionment and torture before regaining his freedom and resuming his war against

The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

The Hotel New Hampshire

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“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.”

The Fifth Horseman by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

The Fifth Horseman

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In a suspenseful novel of terrorist threat, Libyan leader Qaddafi holds New York City hostage with the threat of setting off a hidden nuclear bomb.