March 1981 calendar

March 1981

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1981?


  • 01 Mar 1981 Sophisticated Ladies opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 767 performances
  • 02 Mar 1981 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington DC
  • 05 Mar 1981 Bring Back Birdie opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 06 Mar 1981 Walter Cronkite signs-off as anchorman of CBS Evening News
  • 07 Mar 1981 Bring Back Birdie closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • 08 Mar 1981 Dennis Lillee ct by Queensland 12th man Dennis Lillie in Shield game
  • 09 Mar 1981 Max Delbrnck, German/US biologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at age 74 (born 1906).
  • 11 Mar 1981 Chile constitution takes effect; military dictator Augusto Pinochet is sworn in as President for another 8-year term.
  • 12 Mar 1981 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial in Richmond, Virginia.
  • 13 Mar 1981 Attempt on Pope John Paul II by Mehemet Ali Agca
  • 15 Mar 1981 Broadway Follies opens / closes at Nederlander Theater, New York City
  • 17 Mar 1981 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team, forms.
  • 18 Mar 1981 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in one period (they beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4).
  • 19 Mar 1981 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident
  • 20 Mar 1981 Jean Harris sentenced 15-to-life for slaying of Scarsdale Diet Doctor.
  • 22 Mar 1981 1st class postage raised to 18 cents from 15 cents
  • 23 Mar 1981 US Supreme Court rules states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls sought abortions.
  • 24 Mar 1981 Nightline with Ted Koppel premieres on ABC
  • 25 Mar 1981 (to March 26) Bowers and Ruddy Galleries auctions part of the Garrett coin collection.
  • 26 Mar 1981 Police and Albanian demonstrators battle in Kosovo, Yugoslavia.
  • 27 Mar 1981 John Lennon releases Watching the Wheels in the UK
  • 28 Mar 1981 Christa Rothenburger skates ladies world record 500 metre (40.18 seconds).
  • 29 Mar 1981 Woman of the Year opens at Palace Theater NYC for 770 performances
  • 30 Mar 1981 President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • 31 Mar 1981 53rd Academy Awards - Ordinary People, R De Niro and Sissy Spacek win
  • 01 Mar 1981 Provisional Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands begins his hunger strike in HM Prison Maze.
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Music charts

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

  1. - I Love A Rainy Night
  2. - 9 To 5
  3. - Keep On Loving Youyoutube
  4. - Raptureyoutube
  5. - Woman

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Vienna
  2. - Jealous Guy
  3. - Shaddup You Face
  4. - This Ole House
  5. - Woman


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 1981?

Come Pour The Wine by Cynthia Freeman

Come Pour The Wine


New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman's powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for loveNineteen-year-old Janet

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.

The Company Of Women by Mary Gordon

The Company Of Women


"A brilliant, breathtakingly written novel." The Philadelphia Inquirer Felicitas Maria Taylor, intelligent, charming and desperate, was raised by five religious women and a controversial priest.

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 …

Best Evidence by David S. Lifton

Best Evidence


Another view of the story. Good read