May 1981 calendar

May 1981

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1981?


  • 01 May 1981 Billie Jean King admits to a lesbian affair with Marilyn Barnett
  • 02 May 1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
  • 03 May 1981 Can-Can closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 04 May 1981 Rockline premieres on KLOS FM in Los Angeles
  • 05 May 1981 Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and elected member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, dies aged 27 while on hunger strike in HM Prison Maze.
  • 06 May 1981 Inacent Black opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 08 May 1981 Ron Davis pitches 10th consecutive strike out, one short of record.
  • 09 May 1981 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx Historian
  • 10 May 1981 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament.
  • 12 May 1981 Lena Horne: Lady, Music opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • 13 May 1981 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st Europe Cup II.
  • 14 May 1981 35th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2.
  • 15 May 1981 George Harrison releases All Those Years Ago in the UK
  • 16 May 1981 Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes hits #1 for next 9 weeks
  • 17 May 1981 Inacent Black closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 20 May 1981 Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam.
  • 21 May 1981 Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat the Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 22 May 1981 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth.
  • 23 May 1981 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage.
  • 24 May 1981 Kathy Hite wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 25 May 1981 Al Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified
  • 26 May 1981 Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14.
  • 27 May 1981 John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol
  • 29 May 1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 30 May 1981 Nightline extends from 4 nights to 5 nights a week
  • 31 May 1981 Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship.
  • 05 May 1981 Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Morning Train (Nine To Five)
  2. - Bette Davis Eyesyoutube
  3. - Just The Two Of Us
  4. - Being With You
  5. - Medley

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Making Your Mind Up
  2. - Stand And Deliver
  3. - This Ole House
  4. - Stars On 45
  5. - Lately


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1981?

Brain by Robin Cook



Both suspected something was amiss in the medical research center they were working at. Both wondered why a young, beautiful woman died during an operation.

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.

Creation by Gore Vidal



A sweeping novel of politics, war, philosophy, and adventure-in a restored edition, featuring never-before-published material from Gore Vidal's original manuscript-Creation offers a captivating grand tour of the ancient world.Cyrus

Xpd by Len Deighton



June 11, 1940 - Where is Winston Churchill? A private plane takes off from a small French town, while Adolf Hitler prepares for a clandestine landing.

The Eagle'S Gift by Carlos Castaneda

The Eagle'S Gift


Carlos Castaneda takes you into the heart of sorcery. He challenges imagination and reason and shakes the foundations of belief in "natural" or "logical". "His